April 10, 2019
Atlanta partner Nekia Hackworth Jones, pictured center, is coordinating Nelson Mullins’ participation. Shown with her are Georgia Justice Project Staff Attorney Hsindy Chen, left, and Executive Director Doug Ammar.
ATLANTA – Nelson Mullins attorneys are working with the Georgia Justice Project (GJP) and the Metro Atlanta Reentry Facility to provide legal representation to individuals who have been recently released from state custody. Through this initiative, attorneys will assist returning citizens in various civil matters, such as child support modification, obtaining photo identification, and expungements. GJP, in collaboration with the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Georgia and various Atlanta law firms, has launched the pro bono project to address the growing need for re-entry legal services for returning citizens.
Since the summer of 2018, GJP has been assisting returning citizens at the Metro Atlanta Reentry Facility (MRF), a new Department of Corrections facility in Atlanta that utilizes a holistic services model to remove the most significant legal barriers to re-entry. The American Bar Association lists more than 47,000 national and state collateral consequences of incarceration that create obstacles to securing employment, housing, and family reunification–critical factors for reducing recidivism. GJP uses volunteer attorneys to assist in helping returning citizens move forward to becoming productive members of society.
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