Second chances can lift all

Most people are not aware that, no matter how many years have passed or how much a person has changed, almost all convictions stay on a person’s record forever in Georgia, creating lifetime barriers to employment, housing and well-being

Letter to Editor (Georgia)

Nancy DeVetter
Savannah Morning News
February 4, 2020

Tags: Expungement / Record Sealing

Organizations mentioned/involved: Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP)


As an attorney with Georgia Legal Services, I help clients address their criminal records through expungements, called record restriction in Georgia. Nearly every client that comes to me wants to clear their record so they can get work, move beyond dead-end jobs and become contributing, productive members of their community. Research shows having a job is a key factor in determining whether someone will reoffend, yet Georgia’s policies lock thousands out of the labor market forever. With 250,000 unfilled jobs, Georgia’s policies continue to hurt our state, our employers, and our citizens.

This month in the Georgia Legislature a bill will be proposed to expand expungement options in Georgia. Georgia Legal Services will continue to be available to assist those eligible for expungement under Georgia’s law.