The Georgia Justice Project
In this video series, CuttingEdgeLaw.com interviews some of the staff of the Georgia Justice Project.
Excerpts from the GJP Web Site:
The Georgia Justice Project is an unlikely mix of lawyers, social workers and a landscape company. We defend people accused of crimes and, win or lose, we stand with our clients while they rebuild their lives.
Working to break the cycle of poverty and crime, GJP’s mission is to eliminate injustices experienced by poor people who are most often accused and to provide them with resources to advance their human potential.
GJP defends poor people accused of crimes and, win or lose, stands with them while they rebuild their lives. GJP believes that this is the only way to break the cycle of crime and poverty. GJP’s mission from the outset has been to ensure justice for the indigent criminally accused by providing them with the same quality of legal representation usually only afforded those who can hire their own lawyers.
GJP carefully selects which clients and cases it takes on, and agrees to represent individuals accused of crimes only if those individuals are willing to work, accept counseling or treatment, and pursue job training or educational opportunities so that they will be better equipped to live self-sufficient lives once their legal problems are behind them.
This holistic approach to assisting clients and GJP's commitment to stand with those clients while they work to rebuild their lives are the primary reasons that the recidivism rate for GJP clients is less than one-third the national average (18% compared to the national average of 70%).
GJP has received recognition for its outstanding work at the local, state and national level. Awards in the last several years include the Annie E. Casey Foundation 2006 Families Count: The National Honors Program, the 11Alive Community Service Award, and the Chief Justice’s Award for Community Service. This recognition has also resulted in GJP receiving critical acclaim and favorable press coverage from a wide-range of newspapers and publications.
For more information, visit the GJP site at www.gjp.org and watch the videos in this series.
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