April is Second Chance Month. As people across the nation are experiencing uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a particularly challenging time for Georgians with a criminal history who were already experiencing unemployment, housing insecurities and economic instability due to barriers caused by a criminal record. Georgia Justice Project (GJP) remains committed to fighting for second chances after an arrest during this tumultuous period and as the effects of the pandemic unfold in the coming months.
After laying much ground work throughout the year, expungement bill SB288 passed out of the Senate during the current legislative session. The Legislature is currently suspended due to COVID-19 precautions, but GJP is hopeful about its path when they reconvene.