Georgia Justice Project provides high-quality, pro-bono criminal defense for the poorest members of our community. But we don’t stop there. In fact, we don’t even start there. Every client GJP represents also receives comprehensive social services to help them address the underlying issues that got them into trouble with the law in the first place. Often, these issues include substance abuse, unemployment, low educational attainment, anger management, and the dearth of opportunity that comes from a lifetime living in poverty. We stay with our folks long after the legal case is resolved – because, as nice as a good legal outcome is, that is not all that we are about. We want our clients to live productive lives, and we try to put as much support in place as we can and offer it for as long as it is needed.
Georgia Justice Project also works on criminal records. Because more than one-third of Georgia’s population has a criminal history, GJP helps individuals remove obstacles to employment, housing, and other opportunities that arise from having a criminal record. We also provide regular CLE trainings on expungement and record restriction, and we run a monthly Criminal Records Clinic that matches up pro bono lawyers with clients to remove these obstacles when possible. By volunteering through the clinic, you can impact the rest of a person’s life and help them move forward to becoming a productive member of society.
Because of our innovative and long-term approach, $100 means a lot to GJP and our clients.
- $100 can offset court fees that our clients could never pay.
- $100 can provide MARTA breeze cards so clients can get to job interviews or to meetings with their attorney and social worker at GJP.
- $100 can provide Kroger gift cards to help the family of a client in prison get through a rough patch.
- $100 can provide a fully-stocked backpack for a client’s child, so they have the best possible start for a new school year.
- $100 can pay for a tank of gas to visit a client in prison. Very few GJP clients actually serve additional time in prison, but for those few who do, we want to make sure support networks are maintained. We visit two times a year and correspond regularly. Most important, we help make sure their families can visit as well.