Georgia Justice Project

Decision time for police funding and other law and order legislation

BY: - May 7, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp is set to sign a controversial bill to block local governments from slashing police budgets Friday as a Monday deadline looms for him to sign, veto or get out of the way of legislation passed in 2021.  The legislation aims to preempt local governments from reducing law enforcement budgets by more than […]

Lawmakers next year to consider closing criminal records for some offenses

BY: - October 15, 2019

Dalton’s Tina Stanley achieved a milestone a few weeks ago when she was declared rehabilitated by the state parole board. Dating back to 1993, her struggles with drug addiction led to Stanley committing a string of offenses ranging from shoplifting to conspiracy to defraud to methamphetamine possession. Keeping her nose clean since her two-year prison […]

State senators meet today to weigh easing felon voting constraints

BY: - September 20, 2019

A group of state senators will look at ways to restore the voting privileges of non-violent convicted felons when they are freed instead of waiting until parole and other sentencing terms are complete. State Sen. Harold Jones says he filed legislation this year to relax felon voting rights because thousands of Georgians are penalized for […]