Second Chance for Georgia – Unlocking Opportunity Through Expungement

We’re announcing the official launch of the Second Chance for Georgia campaign, a push to expand expungement in Georgia!

GJP is bringing together a broad base of diverse stakeholders to speak with one voice about the need to expand Georgia’s law and allow expungement of certain misdemeanor and felony convictions after a period of time.

Georgia has the highest rate of correctional control in the nation, yet is one of only a few states that do not allow expungement of convictions, no matter how long ago they occurred. 4.2 million people have a Georgia criminal record (approximately 40% of adults), and as a result they face barriers to employment, housing, higher education and other opportunities long after their sentence is over. Under current Georgia law, only arrests that did not lead to a conviction and certain misdemeanor convictions that occurred before the age of 21 can be expunged in Georgia. All other Georgia convictions stay on your record permanently, creating lifetime difficulties for people.

Employment is the most effective way to reduce recidivism. Changing Georgia’s law so that certain misdemeanor and felony convictions can be restricted and sealed after a period of time will unlock opportunity for thousands of Georgians who are rehabilitated and want to work, rebuild their lives, and provide better futures for their families and communities.

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