1 out of 4 Georgians have a criminal record
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First, understand the issue, get the facts about incarceration, criminal justice reforms, unintended consequences and reentry.
Fidelity Bonding Program
The Fidelity Bonding Program offers six months of free bonding support to businesses across the country to lower their risk when hiring applicants who have been incarcerated. To bond a formerly incarcerated new hire today call toll-free: 877-US2-JOBS (877-872-5627). Find Out More
Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
The WOTC is a special tax credit available for hiring formerly incarcerated individuals felons (and others) and must occur within one year of their release date. The WOTC is available to any size business from small organizations to national corporations. The credit is also available for any type of job. The work can be full-time, part-time, temporary, or seasonal.
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Personal Care Items Kits What to Include
Snacks and bottled water
housing and utilities support
IDs and other vital documents like out of state birth certificates, and drivers license,
transportation, gas cards and bus passes
*The Coalition makes third party payments only, no funds are given to an individual.
Local and National Efforts
• We've served more than 620 formerly incarcerated people since opening in the SOAR Re-Entry Center in 2016.
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• More than 10 million arrests were made in America in 2015.
• The highest number of these arrests was for drug abuse violations (1,488,707), followed by larceny/theft (1,160,390) and driving under the influence (1,089,171).
SB 105 Probation Reform (sponsored by Sen. Brian Strickland)
SB 105 creates provides a unified process with clear criteria for early termination of felony probation for people who meet these milestones:
served at least three years on probation
no revocations in the last 24 months
no arrests for anything other than a nonserious traffic offense
paid all restitution
Learn more about this bill here. Once we know what committee the bill is assigned to, we will send more information on how you can advocate for change.
HB 330 Fee Waiver for Driver's License Reinstatement Fees (sponsored by Rep. Bill Werkheiser)
HB 330 will help returning citizens and low-income Georgians get their driver's license reinstated so they can drive to work and support their families. 200,000 Georgians get their driver's licenses suspended every year simply for being poor, NOT because of dangerous or unsafe driving. Half this number get their license suspended for Failure to Appear in court for a traffic ticket and the other half for being behind on child support payments. A conviction for the traffic offense (failure to use a blinker or wear your seat belt, broken tail light or music too loud) would NOT result in a suspended license, but the inability to pay the fine can. The suspension of a driver's license often leads to a person getting caught in a vicious cycle in the criminal justice system. Suspension of a driver's licenses for nonpayment is hugely counterproductive because it takes away a person's ability to drive to work to earn money to pay off a debt. More change is needed to stop suspensions from happening in the first place, but this bill will at least remove the last hurdle to getting a license reinstated. Once court fines are addressed, this bill would allow the Dept. of Driver Services to waive the normal $100 reinstatement fee for anyone living within the Federal poverty guidelines.