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Debt as a Barrier to Reentry: Jonathan O’Neill’s Story

Jonathan O’Neill, a humble and soft-spoken man, is 46 years old and the father of fourteen children. He has been incarcerated since 2012 and currently resides at a transitional center where he works and takes various classes to prepare for his release that is set for...

Capitol Update – April 1, 2015

We are happy to provide you with this update on some of the bills that GCO is following this session. Should you have any questions or comments, please email Eric Cochling. House Bill 243 - Education Savings Accounts - sponsored by Rep. Mark Hamilton, R-Cumming The...

Religious Liberty and “Big Business”

This past week, Indiana enacted a religious freedom law much like the one that remains under consideration here in Georgia. Despite Governor Mike Pence’s assurances that the bill has nothing to do with discrimination, there was a swift—and very negative—reaction on...

The Religious Liberty Endgame

I have been following the legislative peregrinations of Georgia’s religious liberty (notice that, unlike the Atlanta newspaper, I don’t use “scare quotes” to describe it) legislation with a great deal of interest and concern. There are just a few days left in this...

New GCO Report: Fortifying Pathways

While education plays a tremendous role in shaping individual life outcomes, the number of students in Georgia who do not advance beyond K-12 remains astronomically high. Over 1 in 5 young adults in Georgia are not attending school, not working, and have no degree...

Michael Bowers’ Religious Freedom Contretemps

I used to admire and respect Michael Bowers, Georgia’s Attorney General from 1981 to 1997, but his recent intervention in the debate over the religious freedom bills ought to embarrass him.  To be sure, losing my respect won’t cost him any sleep and the mainstream...

Gov. Deal “Banned the Box” in Georgia

It's official. Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order on February 23rd to "ban the box" on applications for state employment in Georgia. This order will remove the question about felony convictions from the initial job application and postpone it to a later...

Religious Hiring and State Religious Freedom Legislation

  In a blog post, the AJC’s Jay Bookman tried to use a case in Kentucky to raise the spectre of what might happen in Georgia if the legislature passed the “Preventing Government Overreach on Religious Expression Act,” its version of the Religious Freedom Restoration...

New GCO Report: A High Price to Pay

GCO's latest report provides solutions that aim to minimize the role debt has in driving recidivism rates. Offenders often leave prison owing tens of thousands of dollars in debt, creating serious obstacles to a successful reentry. The state expects returning...

A Real Chance to Prosper Event Recap

Georgia Center for Opportunity’s annual fundraiser, a Real Chance to Prosper, on December 4th was a great success. It brought together around 200 people at the newly opened College Football Hall of Fame for a night celebrating the legacy of the late Jack Kemp and...

Sajan George Schools Local Leaders on Education Turnarounds

Over the past year, Georgia Center for Opportunity has hosted a series of luncheons aimed at encouraging local educators and business leaders to think outside of the traditional education reform box. Past keynote speakers have shared ways educators can work within...

FEC “Dark Money” Search Could Hurt Nonprofits

The following is a special report for Georgia Center for Opportunity by Mike Klein. Mike's other work may be found here. Video from the Atlanta session may be seen here: While voters fixate on an election next week that could change Washington’s balance of power, some...

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Poll: Half of Georgians don’t want budget cuts

Poll: Half of Georgians don’t want budget cuts

Most Georgians don't want to see state budget cuts, according to a poll released Thursday, but critics say the language used in the survey was overly suggestive. The survey conducted by the left-leaning Georgia Budget & Policy Institute found that about half of...

Poll: Half of Georgians don’t want budget cuts

Georgia Senate committee votes to maintain felon rights restrictions

The Senate Study Committee on Revising Voting Rights for Nonviolent Felony Offenders decided Wednesday to keep Georgia’s constitution as it is. The members voted 3-2 in favor of continuing to restrict nearly 250,000 convicted Georgia felons from voting. According to...

The Little Things: Keeping Perspective On Thanksgiving

The Little Things: Keeping Perspective On Thanksgiving

Like many of you, this Thanksgiving our family will sit around a large table filled with decorations, turkey, stuffing,  mashed potatoes, that odd jello that your distant aunt insists on bringing, and those that we love. At some point, someone will clang a glass to...

Poll: Half of Georgians don’t want budget cuts

Georgia’s unemployment rate continues to drop, set records

Georgia’s unemployment rate hit a record low last month, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. The unemployment rate dipped from 3.5 percent to 3.4 percent in October. It has not been that low for 20 years. The state also saw high job numbers amid a growing...

Support GCO With Amazon Smiles This Holiday Season (and all year long)

Support GCO With Amazon Smiles This Holiday Season (and all year long)

Like you, we love family and giving during the holidays. Well, we have a new way you can support Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO) and give during the season of giving: It’s called Amazon Smile, and it’s a chance to give back a small percentage of each purchase at...

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Deep Red Valleys Report

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Georgia's Welfare System Reference Guide

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An Alternative To Incarceration

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A High Price To Pay

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Increasing Employment Opportunities For Ex-Offenders

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Prisoner Reentry | The State of Corrections

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Prisoner Reentry

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Increasing Access to Quality Healthcare for Low-Income Uninsured Georgians

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Disincentives for Work and Marriage in Georgia's Welfare System White Paper

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Disincentives for Work and Marriage in Georgia's Welfare SystemExecutive Summary

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