SB 288 is a testament to bipartisanship in our state legislature, and we were proud to carry this legislation as members of opposite parties to help all Georgians. This is a bill we could all agree on, and we are proud that it passed through both chambers unanimously and that Gov. Brian Kemp has now signed it into law. Large employers, including Coca-Cola, Home Depot, McKenney’s, Newell Brands, UPS, and Verizon, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and advocacy groups (74 organizations endorsed the Second Chance for Georgia Campaign, led by the Georgia Justice Project) from all points on the political spectrum got behind this bill and helped push it over the finish line.
Forty-one other states already provide their citizens the opportunity to have a second chance by allowing expungement of certain convictions. In 2019, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Mississippi extended the ability to restrict certain misdemeanor offenses. By passing this legislation, the state of Georgia joins this group and strengthens our communities and economy.