ON THE MOVE: Ga. Justice Project Ends Campaign with $5.2M | The Daily Report

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Apr

ON THE MOVE: Ga. Justice Project Ends Campaign with $5.2M | The Daily Report

The Georgia Justice Project has raised $5.2 million in a three-year capital campaign to broaden its mission of defending the criminally accused and helping them reintegrate into society. The new funding has allowed the group to expand into public policy advocacy and community education on state criminal records laws.

The legal and social services nonprofit, which is marking its 25th anniversary, takes a holistic approach toward representing low-income people accused of crimes. It defends them at no charge while also helping them find jobs, housing and obtain benefits and social services assistance.

Georgia Justice Project had to lay off staff during the recession and in 2008 its employees took a pay cut, said Julie Smith, its chief operating officer and director of social services. Some of the money raised in the capital campaign allowed the group to restore salaries and add staff. “It’s made us more sustainable,” she said.

The group has an annual budget of $1.2 million and employs 13 people full time, Smith said.

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