Don’t forget these 5 fast facts about Georgia’s new criminal record clearing law! This is a first for Georgia. Before this new law, almost all convictions stayed on your record for life. As of 2021, you can now petition the court to restrict and seal (expunge) certain convictions from your record. Many pardoned felonies are included. If you receive a pardon for a felony conviction you can petition the court to restrict and seal the record, unless the conviction was … read more Reminder: Georgia’s New Record Clearing Law
A driver’s license is essential to getting and keeping a job in Georgia. Despite this, thousands of Georgians have their license suspended every year for reasons unrelated to dangerous driving, making it difficult to maintain employment and support their families. To address this, Georgia Justice Project (GJP) partnered with community organizations and the business community to champion a new law (SB 10) that both reduces driver’s license suspensions and provides a better path for drivers to get licenses back after … read more Driver’s License Suspension Reform Law Goes Into Effect!
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!
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