Georgia Justice Project held its 2017 Grass Roots Justice Awards event on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at The Commerce Club in Downtown Atlanta. This year we honored The Coca-Cola Company for its commitment to criminal justice reform, including crafting company policies that remove barriers to opportunity for those with a criminal record.
In 2016, The Coca-Cola Company was one of the 19 founding signers of the White House’s “Fair Chance Business Pledge.” As part of their commitment to equal opportunity in hiring practices, The Coca-Cola Company does not engage in background screening until after a hiring decision has been made and subsequently reviews the relevancy of the history to make an informed decision. Such policies allow successful, sustained reentry to mainstream society, reknitting families and rebuilding communities. The Coca-Cola Company has been supportive of Georgia Justice Project for many years, providing leadership through service on our Board, contributing sponsorships and in-kind donations for our events, and engaging staff in volunteer opportunities such as our Criminal Records Clinic.
In addition, we recognized Fulton County’s Record Restriction Summit, with a special award to Ché Alexander, Chief of Courts Bureau/Fulton County Clerk of Superior & Magistrate Court, for her outstanding behind-the-scenes efforts to make that event a success.
To see photos from the 2017 Grass Roots Justice Awards, click here.