Georgia Justice Project approaches social change in three distinct ways.
Together, these three approaches connect to achieve GJP’s overall goals to lower the number of people under correctional control and reduce barriers to reentry.
HOLISTIC CRIMINAL DEFENSE
CRIMINAL RECORD CLEARING
EARLY TERMINATION OF PROBATION
Unemployment, poverty and crime are inextricably linked. Over 90% of those involved in the criminal justice system fall below the federal poverty line. Though poverty might have been one of the underlying factors for a person’s arrest, the criminal justice system too often becomes a force keeping folks in poverty.
For instance, a criminal record in Georgia is a major impediment to getting a job or keeping/obtaining public housing. Employment and housing are two foundational elements of economic stability. Both of these can be denied people who want to create stability after a criminal conviction, thereby keeping them in poverty and vulnerable to re-offending.
GJP’s innovative, holistic approach helps end this cycle of poverty and crime.