RED is a pre-adjudication program servicing the state of Georgia. Currently, we service the county of DeKalb, and is starting in Gwinnett at the start of the year 2022. RED participants are between the ages of 18-27 years old, who have committed less violent felony offenses. Our participants are chosen by our intake specialists who assess the potential for them to turn their lives around when given a second chance. We truly can grant graduates of our programs a second chance by having the current case against our participants halted and placed on dead docket while matriculating through the program. Once they graduate, their records are permanently restricted and sealed through motioning the courts.
At this current juncture, RED does not offer post-adjudication services. This means that if an individual has been sentenced and or is returning home from incarceration – be it jail or prison, they are not eligible for the RED program. However, we do understand the needs of this sizable group given the mass incarceration phenomenon going on in our country, and we have provided below a list of resources if you or your loved one falls into this category. Our recommended resources are the following:
- Atlanta Legal Aid Society (multiple locations throughout metro Atlanta, GA) – Atlanta Legal Aid Society offers free civil legal aid for low-income people across metro Atlanta.
- Center for Employment Opportunities (multiple locations including one in Atlanta, GA) – We provide immediate, effective, and comprehensive employment services exclusively to individuals who have recently returned home from incarceration.
- Dismas Charities (multiple locations including one in Atlanta, GA) – Education, Employment, And Support. At our re-entry centers across the nation, Dismas provides a range of tailored services that address specific community needs and meets or exceeds stringent government regulations associated with residential re-entry centers.
- Georgia Department of Community Affairs: Reentry Partnership Housing – The Reentry Partnership Housing (RPH) Program is a means to provide housing to qualified individuals under parole or probation supervision of the Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS) who do not have valid residence plans. These individuals may be released from prison or jail or are active participants in an Accountability Court (felony drug, mental health, veterans, or family). Certified RPH providers provide stable housing and food access to these individuals.
- Georgia Justice Project – GJP promotes innovative change through direct legal representation, policy advocacy, education, and coalition building.
- Goodwill of North Georgia Career Center (multiple locations throughout north Georgia) – In Goodwill career centers throughout North Georgia, we offer abundant resources. You can get access to job boards, résumé software, computers, cover letter writing assistance, fax machines, job fairs and even get support from a career coach.
- Job Rise – Jobrise is a recruiting talent acquisition company that intentionally recruits the formerly incarcerated and others with barriers to employment.
- Windecher Firm (offices in Atlanta, GA and Miami, FL) – David Lee Windecher (*disclaimer: He is also RED CEO and Founder) has comprehensive knowledge in the area of Record Restriction (otherwise known as expungements). He understands all available record restriction procedures from beginning to end, therefore he and his team are prepared to assist you wipe your record clean.
We truly wish anyone that has been impacted by our criminal justice system the best of luck as they fight the stigma of a criminal record. Although it is not easy and reform is needed, know that it is still possible. Continue to fight for equality, justice, and the right to be treated no less than a citizen without a criminal background. As you showcase your rehabilitation, know that we are fighting right alongside you. #stoprecidivism