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There is arguably no greater civil rights crisis facing America today than criminal justice. There are 2.2 million people incarcerated in America, mostly for non-violent crimes. Once released, many are ineligible to return to their homes and jobs, to obtain educational loans, and to vote. They are almost exclusively poor and disproportionately of color. As a society, we simply monitor, prosecute, and punish marginalized populations far more aggressively than their more privileged counterparts. The greatest threat to equal justice—and the greatest opportunity for helping even the playing field—is the justice system’s failure to ensure poor people have lawyers who can protect their rights.
ATLANTA, May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) announced today that the fourth annual Georgia Gives Day will take place on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. This state-wide online fundraiser will drive awareness and donations for participating nonprofits across Georgia, encouraging residents to come together for a 24-hour day of giving.
While Georgia has constantly made national headlines as a hub for child sex trafficking—our coordinated community response to protect exploited youths is on the rise. Keeping our children safe from traffickers using a victim-centered approach is the focus of many groups on the front lines, including the Georgia legislature.