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