When it comes to record restriction, Georgia is behind. Criminal records create lifetime barriers under Georgia’s narrow expungement law. Unlike most other states, almost all convictions in Georgia stay on your record for life. Only certain misdemeanors an individual was … Continue reading
On February 2, 2017, Georgia Justice Project came together with thirteen other organizations, directly impacted individuals, and concerned citizens to promote criminal justice reform in our state. We had 275 people participants, representing 44 senate districts and 80 representative districts across Georgia. … Continue reading
The First Offender Act is Georgia’s “second chance law.” (O.C.G.A. 42-8-60 et. seq.) Originally enacted in 1968, the law allows certain first-time offenders to avoid both a conviction and a public record if they successfully complete their sentence. The law … Continue reading
Georgia Justice Project held its second annual policy forum at Georgia-Pacific on November 17, 2015. Sponsored by The Charles Koch Foundation, the forum gathered members of the business community, policymakers and other interested stakeholders to discuss ideas, opportunities and challenges … Continue reading
Victory! Georgia becomes the first state in the South to “ban the box” on state employment applications.
Today Georgia joined thirteen states to become the first in the South to enact the fair hiring policy known as “ban the box.” This policy, signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal through an executive order, postpones questions about a job applicant’s criminal … Continue reading
GJP Policy Recommendations Introduced to the General Assembly Last Week On Friday, February 12th two bills were introduced in the state house that include two of GJP policy recommendations that, if passed, will improve access to opportunities for Georgians with … Continue reading
Every year, of the past four years, the Governor’s Council on Criminal Justice Reform releases their annual report and recommendations to the General Assembly and public. Follow the link in order to be directed to the 2014-2015 Report of the Council … Continue reading