For over a decade, Georgia Justice Project (GJP) has worked to expand record restriction (commonly known as “expungement”) in Georgia. We successfully advocated for several changes in the law since 2013, but a comprehensive solution for convictions was elusive. But those efforts culminated last week when Governor Brian Kemp signed a “second chance” bill – SB 288 – into law! This law allows more Georgians to restrict and seal records of certain convictions from their criminal history.
So what will this mean for the many Georgians with a criminal record? Who will be eligible for record restriction under this new law? Below are some fast facts you need to know.
Although there’s more work to be done, this law is a critical first step in the right direction toward reducing barriers to opportunity for people with a criminal record. GJP will be developing written materials and webinars about the new law and how you can help others access a second chance – more information to come soon.
This is only the beginning – GJP will carry this momentum forward, and in the coming months and years we will build support for legislation that will reduce barriers to occupational licensing, expand expungement of felony convictions, reform Georgia’s probation practices, reduce driver’s license suspensions for non-driving offenses, and improve child support guidelines for low income families.
We’re preparing for the long and important road ahead – thank you for getting us this far. Together, we can push for a more just and fair Georgia for returning citizens.