Phone banking

 

  1. Look up your legislators here or download the committee lists below.
  2. Use the scripts below to make calls about record restriction and expungement, mental health, bail, and incarcerated women into an email.
  3. Let your legislators know why you care.

 

Scripts

RECORD RESTRICTIONS AND EXPUNGEMENT

Good Morning, my name is NAME. How are you?  I am calling to ask Representative / Senator NAME to support two bills which help people convicted of certain offenses move on by expunging their records: HB 268 and HB 309.  Unlike in most states, almost all convictions stay on your record for life in Georgia, creating permanent barriers to employment, housing, and education. These bills will allow individuals to restrict public access to certain past convictions while maintaining law enforcement access and public safety. A criminal record should not be a life sentence. Please support these important pieces of legislation. 

MENTAL HEALTH

Good Morning, my name is NAME. How are you?  I am calling to tell Representative / Senator NAME that I feel strongly about Georgia continuing to work on meaningful Criminal Justice Reform. Specifically, I want to express my strong support for more state funded mental health services so that people who are struggling with mental illness don’t end up in our jails and prisons. People with mental illnesses deserve dignity and services. Often people who need treatment end up being arrested for things that they cannot control. Please support HB 178 and continue to support legislation that assists people with mental health issues and does not criminalize them. 

BAIL

Good Morning, my name is NAME. How are you? I am calling to tell the Representative / Senator NAME that I feel strongly about Georgia continuing to work on Criminal Justice Reform. Specifically, I want to express my strong opposition to HB 340. HB 340 prohibits anyone from being released on their own recognizance until after seeing a judge. This law would preempt the City of Atlanta’s bail reform ordinance and prohibits local jurisdictions from ending cash bail. This law would add to the numbers of people who are being locked in jail simply because they are poor. HB 340 is wrong for Georgia.  

INCARCERATED WOMEN

Good Morning, my name is NAME. How are you?  I am calling Representative / Senator NAME to express my strong support for HB 345, which will make conditions better for women who are incarcerated. Women are the fastest growing population in jails and prisons and are being subjected to horrible conditions. Pregnant women who are incarcerated in Georgia are forced to do squat and cough searches, and are shackled during pregnancy, labor, and even during delivery. These bills stop these terrible practices. I ask that you to support HB 345.