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Second Chances Advocacy Toolkit
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Whether you attended or were unable to make it, Second Chance Day on February 5th was just the beginning! You can continue to advocate for second chances throughout the legislative session by urging legislators to support a change in the law that would allow expungement of certain convictions in Georgia. Call, email, or visit your legislators at the Capitol. If you want to make the greatest impact, do all 3!  Look up the names and contact information of your local legislators here.  Use GJP’s Second … read more Second Chances Advocacy Toolkit

Bills Effective on July 1, 2017
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Georgia Justice Project works with the state legislature and advocates for laws to reduce barriers to reentry for the 4.2 million Georgians with a criminal history. In the 2017 session, GJP assisted in the development of the following laws, which went into effect on July 1, 2017:  Program and Treatment Completion Certificates – Ga. Code Ann. § 42-3-2 The Department of Community Supervision may now issue Program and Treatment Completion Certificates to people on probation, which create a presumption of … read more Bills Effective on July 1, 2017

Georgia Bills Passed on March 1, 2017
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Crossover Day was Friday, March 3. This is the last day that bills needed to cross over from one chamber to the other in order to potentially become law this year. The Report of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform serves as a foundation for SB 174, SB 175 and SB 176. All three bill passed unanimously on Wednesday, March 1.  We support many of the recommendations, including the probation reforms in SB 174. SB 174 institutes most of the … read more Georgia Bills Passed on March 1, 2017

Governor Nathan Deal Signs SB 367
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On April 27, 2016, Governor Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 367, an important bill that reduces barriers to reentry for thousands of returning citizens across Georgia.  Georgia Justice Project advocated for several measures in this bill which improve opportunities for Georgians with a criminal record to find employment and stability following an arrest.   Senate Bill 367 implements the recommendations of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform and contains several measures that improve opportunities for successful reentry, including:   … read more Governor Nathan Deal Signs SB 367

GJP Helps Secure Major First Offender and Food Stamp Reforms
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On March 24th, the gavels in both the House and Senate sounded and the 2016 Georgia legislative session came to an end. I am pleased to announce that this session was a success for GJP and for thousands of returning citizens across Georgia. Below is a summary of the legislative victories achieved. Senate Bill 367 SB 367 implements the recommendations of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform. After the bill passed the Senate in February, a House committee added a … read more GJP Helps Secure Major First Offender and Food Stamp Reforms


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