The Atlanta Gas Light Foundation, as part of its commitment to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion, is supporting Georgia Justice Project’s efforts to help rehabilitated Georgians who have been impacted by the criminal justice system gain access to opportunities that they may otherwise be denied. The $50,000 donation from the Atlanta Gas Light Foundation will help GJP expand its ability to reach the estimated 1.5 million people in Georgia who are eligible to have their criminal records expunged.
Studies have shown that when people with a record have a steady job, there is a more than 60% reduction in recidivism. However, having a record can serve as a significant barrier to employment, as well as educational resources and housing. GJP’s advocacy led to a new “second chance” bill that went into effect in Georgia this year. This law provides a process for rehabilitated Georgians to have their convictions restricted from public view.
Atlanta Gas Light President and CEO Pedro Cherry announced the gift to GJP during the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity and Inclusion Summit, noting, “At Atlanta Gas Light, we are committed to increasing access and opportunity across our state. That’s why I’m pleased to share that we are making a $50,000 donation to Georgia Justice Project. Not only does Georgia Justice Project’s work lead to economic, educational and housing opportunities for those working to turn their lives around, it also helps reduce unemployment and crime.”
“One mistake should not mean a lifetime without opportunity,” said Georgia Justice Project Executive Director Doug Ammar. “This support from the Atlanta Gas Light Foundation will help Georgia Justice Project expand its commitment to Georgians affected by the criminal justice system. The foundation’s donation helps marginalized people get a second chance and furthers our mission to reduce crime and recidivism in our communities by empowering individuals to make positive changes in their lives.”
The gift is the third donation in an ongoing charitable initiative sponsored by Atlanta Gas Light’s parent company, Southern Company Gas. Through the Southern Company Gas Charitable Foundation, the business is donating $700,000 to organizations across Southern Company Gas’ service territory that improve equity and social justice through education, economic development, community support and industry partnerships.
Atlanta Gas light is committed to supporting those who are transforming lives by tackling the complex challenges facing Georgia’s communities with a revolutionary vision. For more information on the Southern Company Gas family of companies’ commitment to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion across Georgia and beyond, visit scgcares.org.