Manufacturing Felonies: How Driving Became a Felony for People of Color in Georgia

Mar 22, 2016
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Georgia's far-reaching, anti-immigrant "felony driving law" was designed to push mothers, fathers and immigrant families to leave the state. Tragically, the law's effects branch out well beyond its dangerous original intent.

A new report by Advancement Project and the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) finds that the law not only created troubling consequences for immigrant families Рit has also caused disproportionate harm in communities of color at large, especially among the Latino and Black populations.

The State of Georgia can and should regulate driving privileges. But creating a harsh criminal penalty is a bad public policy that ends up disproportionately hurting families of color.