Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has issued a Proclamation declaring April as Second Chance Month in the State of Georgia. In his Proclamation, the Governor acknowledges that in the State of Georgia the number of legal collateral consequences of a criminal conviction is close to 1,000. These collateral consequences include denial of housing and employment opportunities. These barriers can contribute to recidivism, which increases victimization and decreases public safety. The designation of April as Second Chance Month contributes to increased public awareness about the need for closure for those who have paid their debt, and opportunities for individuals, employers, congregations, and communities to extend second chances.
GGRA Secretary Brendan Spaar along with GGRA Members Lorenzo Lewis and Tony Kitchens were present at the Capitol when Governor Kemp issued this important Proclamation.