Marissa McCall Dodson, GJP’s Policy Director and Attorney was honored on July 24, 2015 with the National Association of Criminal Justice Lawyers’ (NACDL) Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award at NACDL’s 14th Annual State Criminal Justice Network conference in Denver, Colorado. The Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award recognizes an individual or group who has made exceptional efforts advocating for progressive reform of a state’s criminal justice system. Marissa received this award in large part because of her tireless efforts … read more Policy Director Marissa McCall Dodson to be Awarded “Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award” by National’s Criminal Defense Bar
Georgia Justice Project’s Policy Director and Attorney, Marissa McCall Dodson, was one of 40 lawyers selected in the Daily Report’s “40 Under 40 on the Rise” for their 2015 class. This honor acknowledges Georgia lawyers who are making a difference in their communities. Read the full article here.
Remarks at the 2015 Grass Roots Justice Awards on April 29, 2015 April LaLand-Sentmanat, Alumna Client Care, compassion and concern for people. That is the core of Georgia Justice Project. I am the face and the voice of such efforts. And I stand before you this evening only by the grace of God. Back in 1998, I was a 29 year-old, scared, troubled, criminally-prone crack addict and mother of five. A current resident of the Fulton County jail, rightfully charged … read more “The Power of Georgia Justice Project”
On Monday, October 6th the Atlanta City Council voted to approve a “ban the box” ordinance that gives applicants with criminal records a fair chance at a job with the city by allowing them to wait to answer questions about their criminal history until after they have been interviewed. Though the City of Atlanta removed the question from the employment application in January of last year, it was extremely important to formalize the City’s commitment to this fair hiring policy … read more Atlanta City Council Approves “Ban the Box” Ordinance
Gov. Nathan Deal signed SB 365 on April 13, 2014, which will help rehabilitated offenders re-enter into society by removing barriers to employment, housing and education. Read the full article here: https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2014-04-13/governor-signs-third-leg-criminal-justice-reform