Coming Home: Second Chances for Returning Citizens

“At this critical juncture – this moment of rare bipartisan agreement – it is more important than ever that we harness this momentum and continue to push forward, so that every American returning from prison can find dignified work and adequate shelter; so that they can receive fair treatment and full opportunity; so that they return to a society that values them as fellow citizens; so that they can, in fact, truly return home.”

-Former Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch

Prisoners face significant challenges upon release.  The American Bar Association lists over 47,000 national and state collateral consequences of incarceration. These obstacles often prevent returning citizens from securing stable employment, housing, transportation, and family reunification – critical factors for successful reentry back into society.

Since the summer of 2018, Georgia Justice Project has partnered with Metro Reentry Facility, a new prison in Atlanta, to provide legal services for its returning citizens to remove the most significant barriers to successful reentry.  Metro Reentry Facility utilizes a holistic model for reentry services through evidence-based practices and community collaboration to address all barriers for participants’ successful reentry back into society.   In collaboration with the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Northern Georgia and various Atlanta law firms*, GJP is launching a pro bono project to provide a holistic approach to legal clinics at the prison.  By volunteering through GJP, you can impact the rest of a person’s life and help them move forward to becoming a productive member of society. 

*Firms include Alston & Bird, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, and King & Spalding

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