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Georgia Valentine joined Impact Justice in 2016 and serves as a program associate for the Restorative Justice Project. Georgia has dedicated her career to disrupting cycles of incarceration by amplifying voices of directly impacted people and supporting community-led solutions to mass incarceration. To that end, Georgia has spent the last six years contributing reentry research, program evaluation, policy advocacy, and project management to organizations confronting the criminal legal system.

At Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, she co-authored a report on California’s policies on shackling incarcerated women while pregnant and in labor. As an investigative researcher at the American Friends Service Committee, she examined companies that profit from the prison industrial complex. Georgia also conducted data analysis and co-authored a report on findings from the first pre-charge restorative community conferencing diversion program for youth in the U.S.

Georgia is originally from North Carolina and earned her B.A. in sociology with a minor in mathematics from Occidental College. Her research on the value of reentry programs for formerly incarcerated women won the 2013 American Society of Criminology Division on Women and Crime Student Paper Award.

Georgia uses she/her pronouns.