Upcoming Trainings/Presentations

Understanding Your Georgia Criminal History (And What You Can Do About It)

A Presentation For People With a Record and Service Providers

 

Upcoming Dates: May 29, 2015

Time: 9:30am to 11:30am (coffee and light snacks provided) 

Location: GJP Office, 438 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, GA 30312

One in three Georgians has a criminal history – a record of an arrest or conviction that may prevent them from accessing employment, housing, and other opportunities.  Although there have been some recent improvements, Georgia laws make it difficult for a person with a record to move on and be a productive member of society.  Georgia Justice Project provides direct legal representation to people with a criminal history and works to improve Georgia’s laws in this area.

Presentations are free, but you must pre-register – space is limited.

Email Jill at jill@GJP.org or call 404-827-0027, ext. 231 to reserve a spot (Parking info provided upon registration).  

  • How do I know what’s on my record?
  • Am I eligible for expungement (restriction)?
  • How do I apply for a pardon?
  • How long can employers hold my background against me?
  • What can I do to move on with my life?

Often an attorney is not necessary to clean up your record.  This presentation is intended to answer your questions about what you can get off your record and how to make it happen.

We will cover the new record restriction (expungement) law, which went into effect in 2013, and how to obtain a pardon.   Note: Pardons are the only option for felony convictions in Georgia because generally convictions cannot be expunged (restricted). 

We will also answer your questions about the effects of your criminal record in Georgia, such as food stamp and student loan limitations.

GJP’s policy director will summarize the continuing efforts of the Criminal Justice Reform Council to reduce barriers to reentry in Georgia and the state’s new Ban-the-Box policy. 

 GJP’s comprehensive manual, “A Guide to Understanding and Correcting Criminal Records in Georgia” will be available for purchase for $30 at both presentations.