On February 11, 2020, over 150 people, plus more via livestream, heard from legislators, people with a criminal record, attorneys, and advocates about the need and the progress being made to expand expungement (record restriction) in Georgia. After the speakers, attendees took action steps by calling elected prosecutors and speaking with legislators about expanding record restriction. You can do the same—see specifics below!
Please also watch this five minute video that tells the compelling story of why Georgia should expand its record restriction law—from a personal, legal, economic and faith perspective. Share it, re-post and re-tweet it.
Also—check out the recording of the Second Chance Day program and see all the handouts, power point slides too. If you can’t watch the whole thing, here are a few key parts to watch:
34:35 Rep. Houston Gaines (R-Athens) (R-Athens) speaking about working with the Georgia Justice Project to introduce legislation soon that would expand record restriction (4 min)
44:00 Brenda Smeeton, Legal Director of Georgia Justice Project, giving an overview of the current law and recent efforts to expand it (10 min)
58:30 Panel with John Helton of Atlanta Career Rise, Marilynn Winn of Women on the Rise, and Sherry Boston, Dekalb County District Attorney – (27 min)
1:25:30 Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula & Chair of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee) expressing support for expanding record restriction this legislative session (5 min)
Even if you didn’t attend, you can take action from home to advocate for record restriction. Find out your state legislators here and your elected prosecutors here. Call or email them and ask them to support expanding record restriction using these talking points/script. Be brief and relax-you will probably just leave a message with a staff person. Every call matters!
Let us know what kind of response you get when you call. If you are not already signed up to receive action alerts through the Second Chance for Georgia Campaign, please sign up here.