Source: (2003) Fordham Urban Law Journal. 31: 49-68.

The Georgia Justice Project (GJP) is a legal nonprofit organization in Atlanta, Georgia. GJP defends people accused of crimes. Win or lose, GJP staff stand with their clients while those clients attempt to rebuild their lives. The stance of GJP is based on the conviction that this is the only way to break the cycle of crime and poverty. Douglas Ammar and Tosha Downey – director and intern, respectively, with GJP – describe the GJP’s unique approach to criminal defense and rehabilitation based on a relationship and community-oriented ethic. They include several examples of cases from GJP’s work to illustrate the principles, successes, and challenges of this approach.