OUR MISSION

Reduce recidivism, improve public safety and help people reach their human potential.

OUR INITIATIVE

The SOAR (Support, Opportunity, Advocacy, Resiliency) Re-Entry Initiative was initiated in 2014 at the Historic Dorchester Center in Midway, Georgia. The SOAR Re-Entry Service Center was opened in Hinesville, Georgia, on September 14, 2016.  SOAR is carefully designed as a holistic approach to comprehensive treatment and services to meet the needs of people in the first six months of release from prison. 

OUR VISION

We envision a broad-based community collaboration between local government, agencies, organizations, businesses, churches, law enforcement, and citizens--to empower and equip people with the tools they need to succeed after release from prison.

Escape

OUR HISTORY

OUR STAFF

Daisy Jones, Executive Director

Morris Cockerm, Mentor Lead

Ebony Harris, Lead SOAR Navigator

Arthur Scott, SOAR Navigator 

Ronald Norman, SOAR Navigator

Escape

State Representative Al Williams (D-165) and Sheriff Steve Sikes led the founding and incorporation of the Liberty County Re-Entry Coalition in 2012. The Coalition gained momentum in 2014 after the introduction of the Georgia Prisoner Reentry Initiative (GA-PRI) Framework by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. In September 2014, Daisy Jones was recruited to lead the startup, program design, and implementation of the SOAR Re-Entry Initiative. Monthly stakeholder engagement meetings and focus groups were held over a period of 18 months for a Community Needs Assessment, which validated a need for a community-based adult re-entry program to serve the Atlantic Judicial Circuit. The SOAR Re-Entry Center opened in September 2016 in the downtown Hinesville area near key services and community partners, probation/parole, bus routes, City Hall, and the Justice Center. The site was designated in 2016 as one of only 17 GA PRI sites in the state of Georgia, and Liberty County was recognized as a trailblazer in the state for community-based adult re-entry programs.

 

 

OUR BOARD

Kenneth Howard, Chairman

Michele Freeney-Washington, Vice Chair

Mamie Thomas, Secretary

Sharon Coats, Treasurer

Victoria Allen

Jeffrey Porter, Jr.

Fanchon Powe 

Henry Knox

K.L. Betton

Keith Jenkins

Al Williams

4.3 million people have a Georgia criminal record (approximately 40 percent of the Georgia’s adults). “Second Chance for Georgia,” a campaign led by the Georgia Justice Project (GJP), is aiming to bring change to millions of lives by working to expand expungement (known as “Record Restriction” in Georgia law) in the state of Georgia. Campaign information is available at SecondChanceGeorgia.org.

The Campaign brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to expand Georgia’s expungement law, which is one of the most restrictive and harshest in the country. Currently, 41 other states allow expungement of some misdemeanor and felony convictions after a period of conviction-free years. But no matter how many years have passed or how much a person has changed, almost all convictions stay on a person’s record forever in Georgia. Updating Georgia law to allow for restriction and sealing of certain misdemeanor and felony convictions would give thousands of Georgians a second chance.