“Justice For ALL?” Our Criminal Legal System In Georgia At The Hungry Club Forum


On Saturday August 5, 2023, at 9:30 AM, the Hungry Club Forum of Savannah, Inc. (HCFS) “Harnessing the Power of Collaboration on the issues of today and tomorrow”, will co-sponsor with the League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia (LWVCGA), its monthly Signature Roundtable and Open Forum entitled, “Justice for ALL?”, in the Multipurpose Room of the WBS YMCA, located at 1110 May Street.

This come-as-you-are breakfast forum will provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions and make comments on issues so important to us all. Crime and Public Safety are always among the top issues and concerns of most people today. They want a safe environment in which to live and raise their families. While they read the headlines and watch the newscasts, most people have misconceptions about the criminal justice system. The number of Georgians with a criminal record now exceeds 4.5 million people, roughly 40% of the state’s population. This is higher than the national average. The number of new criminal cases has risen since the pandemic, and many of them involve people being incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses.

Nancy DeVetter
Nancy DeVetter

On the other hand, what if you or a member of your family “catches a case,” street lingo for being charged with a criminal offense. What are your rights as an offender? Then too, what happens when you return home to reenter your community?

“For A Time Such As This,” and input from the annual HCFS’s Membership Participation Survey, the HCFS Board of Directors had placed a forum of this subject on its 2023 calendar. When it observed the outstanding forum that had been presented earlier by the LWVCGA, it invited the organization to co-sponsor and replicate its program on the HCFS’s platform. To which the LWVCGA has graciously accepted.

Serving on the distinguished panel will be Chatham County District Attorney Shalena Cook Jones, Superior Court Judge Tammy Stokes, Chatham County Sheriff John T. Wilcher, Restorative Rights Advocate Fred Green, Circuit Public Defender Todd H. Martin and Attorney and Rights Restoration Advocate Nancy DeVetter. HCFS Board Member Judge LeRoy Burke, III and Diana Harvey Johnson, President, Pinnacle Communications Corporation, and Consultant to the HCFS will serve as co-moderators.

Todd H. Martin
Todd H. Martin

Families, business, clergy, neighbors, youths, and associates are invited to come as they are, for the HCFS’s popular and Signature Roundtable and Open Forum, featuring its popular Extreme Networking opportunity. HCFS President Bobby L. Adams, Owner, B and B Demolition, Inc., will preside, and Rev. Dr. Samuel Williams, Pastor, Faith Missionary Baptist Church will bring the Invocation and Grace. For more information, email: hungryclubforumsav@earthlink.net or call Diana Harvey Johnson at 912-667-5525.


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