On January 13, 2017, more than thirty years after his conviction, the Supreme Court of the United States granted cert to longtime SCHR client, James McWilliams.
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Atlanta, Georgia –On February 2, 2017, the Southern Center for Human Rights along with Georgia Justice Project and Emory Law School Barton Child Law and Policy Center will join other organizations, impacted people, and concerned Georgians to promote criminal justice reform. We will gather together to discuss the importance of continued reform in our state and to advocate for those efforts at the State Capitol from 9:00am-1:00pm.
Despite recent reforms, the reach of the criminal justice system is vast with 1 in 12 adults in Georgia under correctional control: prison, parole, or probation. Further, more than 12,000 children are incarcerated throughout the state. These numbers are alarming and have dire consequences for people and families before, during, and after incarceration. Since Governor Nathan Deal took office in 2011, he has been committed to reforming Georgia’s criminal justice system saying, “While we foresee this effort uncovering strategies that will save taxpayer dollars, we are first and foremost attacking the human costs of a society with too much crime, too many behind bars, too many children growing up without a much needed parent and too many wasted lives. “We must do a better job rehabilitating lives.”
As criminal justice reform efforts enter the seventh year, there are still many issues that need legislative attention, including: the lengths of probation terms, the assessment and collection of fines and fees, access to driver’s licenses and identification, and the appropriate age of majority. Justice Day at the Capitol will be an opportunity to advocate for measures that reduce Georgia’s overreliance on correctional control and ask for the necessary resources people need to be successful upon reentry.
Participating organizations include the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice, ACLU of Georgia, Central Outreach and Advocacy Center, Charles Koch Institute, Emory Law School Barton Law and Policy Center, Faith in Public Life, Interfaith Children’s Movement, JUSTGeorgia, Georgia Appleseed, Georgia Center for Opportunity, Georgia Justice Project, Georgia Public Policy Foundation, NAACP’s Georgia State Conference, National Incarceration Association and the Southern Center for Human Rights.
For additional information, contact Kathryn Hamoudah at 404/688-1202 or [email protected]