GJP is growing! This year, 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. Alicia Gutierrez, Corporate Programs Manager Work/Education Background I went to Georgia State University where I got my bachelor’s degree in business administration and my master’s degree in public administration and Criminal Justice. I spent the last 4 … read more Welcoming New Staff at GJP!
At Georgia Justice Project, we believe someone’s past should not prevent them from pursuing their career goals and serving their community. This year at the Capitol, we are pursuing occupational licensing reform to ensure fair access to licensed work for people with criminal records. Occupational licensing refers to professions that require a state license or clearance to work. The 4.5 million people with a Georgia criminal record often find themselves limited, deterred, or rejected from these jobs due to their … read more Pursuing Occupational Licensing Reform in Georgia
This semester, GJP is excited to welcome a new legal intern to our team. Read on to learn more about Samuel Robertson, and why he has chosen to join us for the next few months! Though Sam grew up in North Carolina and spent much of his early post-graduate career in Los Angeles, he is currently attending the Georgia State University College of Law. This spring, he will be working alongside GJP’s Criminal Defense team under the supervision of our … read more GJP’s New Legal Intern – Samuel Robertson
“Our core principle is that having a conviction shouldn’t be a lifetime sentence. It shouldn’t be a perpetual punishment.” – GJP’s Doug Ammar. Check out this article from State Affairs on Georgia’s probation system as well as reform efforts, including SB 105 – Georgia’s early termination of probation law, championed by GJP. Thank you State Affairs GA and Jill Sieder for highlighting these issues! https://stateaffairs.com/georgia/georgias-punishing-probation-system-balancing-public-safety-with-giving-people-a-second-chance/
Last week, GJP officially signed our first MOU for Restorative Justice Georgia! GJP will receive referrals for restorative justice cases from the Douglas County District Attorney’s office. At the signing, GJP’s Executive Director, Doug Ammar, remarked: “We are thrilled to have our first official MOU signed for Restorative Justice Georgia – thank you to all of our friends at Douglas County for working with us on this innovative new program.” More information on Restorative Justice Georgia here: GJP.org/restorativejustice.