Last week, GJP had a wonderful visit with our partners at Indeed, who share our commitment to fair chance hiring through their Essentials to Work initiatives. GJP was invited to speak to over 100 national and international Indeed Vice Presidents about issues in Georgia’s criminal justice system, and GJP’s mission to lower the number of Georgians under correctional control and reduce barriers to reentry. A former GJP client, Gwen Boyd-Willis, shared her experience living with a record, and trying to find employment in the face of many denials.
Indeed’s CEO, Chris Hyams, had the following to say about the visit:
"At Indeed, we know that talent is universal, but opportunity is not. We are deeply committed to reducing employment barriers for people with criminal records in the U.S. and connecting employers to talent they may be overlooking. We fulfill that commitment in partnership with community-based organizations, like the Georgia Justice Project. This week, Indeed's leadership team had the opportunity to learn directly from GJP staff and clients and to visit the one-of-a-kind state prison at Metro Reentry Facility. We are so grateful for the opportunity to deepen our work with this visit and for GJP's partnership."
At GJP, we believe a conviction should not automatically lead to a life sentence of poverty and unemployment. We are so appreciative of our corporate partners, like Indeed, who help us make this vision a reality. GJP promotes fair chance hiring in a variety of ways, including helping people with record clearing so that they can pursue gainful employment, education & training for HR departments interested in second chance hiring, business roundtable discussions with Georgia employers, and engaging in policy reform efforts that reduce barriers to opportunity for Georgians with a record.