From the Georgia Justice Project:
SB 288, an effort lead by Georgia Justice Project (GJP) and the Second Chance for Georgia Campaign, passed both the Georgia House and Senate unanimously and is now on its way to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. SB 288 expands access to criminal record restriction and sealing in Georgia – a process most states call “expungement.”
This new law will give a second chance to thousands of Georgians who want to work but are held back by their criminal history. Georgia has the highest rate of correctional control – prison, jail, probation or parole – in the country. 4.3 million people have a Georgia criminal history – 40% of adults.
Under current Georgia law almost all convictions stay on a person’s record forever, creating lifetime barriers to employment, housing and other opportunities. This law will align Georgia with 41 other states that allow a person to remove some convictions from their criminal record after a period of conviction-free years.
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