After a two-year hiatus, Georgia Justice Project (GJP) gathered in person with supporters earlier this month for our annual Grass Roots Justice Awards to celebrate the individuals, partners and organizations that make our work possible. GJP’s Board Chair, Robert Preston Brown (McKenny’s, Inc.), opened the event by thanking supporters for their continued commitment to serving those impacted by the criminal legal system: “During this time of great uncertainty, there were glimmers of hope to be found all around us… we come together … read more Grass Roots Justice Awards Recap – Thank You to our Partners and Supporters!
GJP is growing! This summer, we are excited to welcome several new staff members who will help GJP expand our capacity to lower the number of Georgians under correctional control and reduce barriers to reentry. Learn more about them and our work below. Meghan Callier, Staff Attorney (she/her) Work/Education Background I attended college at Emory University and law school at the University of Georgia. I began my legal career as an Assistant Public Defender back in 2012 with the Fulton … read more Welcoming New Staff at GJP!
We have great news to share! GJP is grateful to the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce for endorsing our expungement bill (SB 257) that will remove barriers to employment for people with past involvement in the criminal legal system. Read the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s letter of support here. Read the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s letter of support here. Learn more about our 2022 policy agenda here.
The Atlanta Gas Light Foundation has awarded a grant to Georgia Justice Project to help expand its ability to reach the estimated 1.5 million people in Georgia who are now eligible to have their criminal records restricted following Georgia’s “second chance” law (SB 288). Learn more here!
Chaplain Gwen Boyd-Willis spent 15 years unable to find employment because of her criminal record. Thanks to Georgia-Pacific attorney & GJP volunteer Michael Davis, Gwen’s record has now been sealed (commonly known as “expungement”), making it possible for her to move on with her life. For this National Celebration of Pro Bono Week, we would like to share Gwen’s story with you as an example of how GJP volunteer attorneys are changing lives through pro bono record restriction services. Watch … read more Video: Volunteering With GJP