On February 26th, 2018, Georgia Justice Project held our largest Justice Day at the Capitol on record! Over 450 attendees and 34 co-sponsoring organizations came together to promote criminal justice reform at the Capitol. Throughout the day, attendees were able to learn about current criminal justice bills, speak to their legislators, and hear from leaders of criminal justice reform in Georgia. Advocacy efforts focused around misdemeanor bail reform, second chances through record restrictions, dignity for incarcerated women, and raising the age for juvenile justice.
- Sara Totonchi: Executive Director of Southern Center for Human Rights
- Bishop Robert Wright: Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
- Mary Hooks: Co-Director of Southerners On New Ground (SONG)
- Dorothy Hinton Adams: Southerners On New Ground (SONG)
- Marissa McCall Dodson: Public Policy Director of Southern Center for Human Rights
- Elizabeth J. Appley: Attorney and Public Policy Advocate
- Mawuli Davis: Founding Partner at Davis Bozeman Law Firm
- Doug Ammar: Executive Director of Georgia Justice Project
- Justice Michael Boggs: Supreme Court of Georgia
- Tiffany Williams Roberts: Civil Rights & Criminal Defense Attorney
For more details, view the 2018 Justice Day Agenda.
Adult Criminal Justice Reform
- SB 407 – Bail/Fines and Fees
- HB 716 – Pre-arrest Diversion
- HB 768 – Fairness for Death Penalty – Standard of Proof for Intellectual Disability
- HB 857 – Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act
Juvenile Justice Reform
- HB 981 – Restriction and Sealing of Convictions
Learn more about our Justice Day legislative efforts by viewing the documents below:
- 2018 Legislative Summary: Detailed descriptions of each bill.
- 2018 Advocacy Tips: Tips for speaking with your legislator.
- 2018 Committee Lists: A list of the committees and committee members assigned to each bill above.
This day would not have been possible without the help of our co-sponsoring organization: ACLU- Georgia, Albany Second Chance, Barton Child Law & Policy Center, Black Lives Matter Atlanta, Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta, End New Jim Crow Action Group, Faith in Public Life, First Corinth- Station of Hope, Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice,Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, Georgia Justice Project, Georgia Micro Enterprise Network, Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Interfaith Children’s Movement, Inner-City Muslim Action Network, Libertarian Party of Georgia, Liberty County Reentry Coalition, Moral Monday Georgia/Poor People’s Campaign, NAACP Georgia State Conference, National Incarceration Association, New Georgia Project Action Fund, NewLife-Second Chance Outreach, Inc, Rehoboth Family & Community Services, Southern Center for Human Rights, Southern Poverty Law Center, Southerners on New Ground, United Way of Atlanta, Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Voices for Georgia’s Children
Read more about our co-sponsors here.
Click here to see photos from Justice Day 2018.