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March 27 Event Focuses on ‘Second Chances,’ Criminal Justice Reform

Leadership Breakfast looks ahead to April's nationwide 'Second Chance Month' and opportunities for Georgians who have paid their debt to society.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA, March 13, 2018 / -- Atlanta – Georgia has come a long way since embracing criminal justice reforms in 2011. To find out how far, mark your calendar for “Second Chances,” an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation at the Georgian Club on Tuesday, March 27.

This panel discussion by three Georgia leaders in “Second Chances” is a preview of national Second Chance Month in April, sponsored by Prison Fellowship to celebrate brighter futures for those who have repaid their debt to society. They will share the strides Georgia has made and the opportunities facilitating rehabilitation.


BILL McGAHAN, whose Georgia Works! program focuses on chronically homeless men, helping them turn around their lives and return to the community as proud, productive citizens with jobs, homes and renewed relationships with their families.

JAY NEAL, whose pioneering leadership in criminal justice reforms began during his legislative service. He is executive director of the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, a statewide body legislatively charged with 11 areas of criminal justice coordination, including serving as the statewide clearinghouse for information and research; developing criminal justice legislative and executive policy proposals; and advising the Governor on issues impacting Georgia’s criminal justice system.

ANDREA SHELTON, president of Heartbound Ministries, a non-profit outreach organization that supports and equips Georgia prison chaplains and provides programs and resources to meet the needs of the prison community – correctional staff, inmates and their families – changing the culture from one of crime and incarceration to hope and restoration.

The moderator is Sara Totonchi, executive director of the Southern Center for Human Rights.

This Leadership Breakfast, which is open to the public, is $30 to attend. Register at Eventbrite by Friday, March 23, or make your check out to Georgia Public Policy Foundation (memo: Second Chances) and mail to 3200 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Suite 214, Atlanta GA 30339.

What: “Second Chances,” a Leadership Breakfast
When: 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (Registration, networking begin at 7:30 a.m.)
Where: Georgian Club, 100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1700, Atlanta GA 30339
Attire: Business, business casual

About the Georgia Public Policy Foundation: The Foundation, established in 1991, is a nonprofit, independent, state-focused think tank that proposes market-oriented approaches to public policy to improve the lives of Georgians.

Benita Dodd
Georgia Public Policy Foundation
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