Doug Ammar

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and the racial disparities of who is incarcerated are profound (39% of the US prison population is African-American but only 12.9% of the US population is). The South has the highest incarceration rate in the US and in Georgia, 61.6% of the prison population is African-American (while making up only 31.5% of the state’s population). Georgia Justice Project shows a different way of treating those in the system – one that is based on a more holistic attorney-client relationship and is invested in long-term client success.

Douglas B. Ammar has been associated with the Georgia Justice Project (GJP) since its inception in 1986 – serving first as a volunteer, then as a staff lawyer in 1990, and, since 1995, as the Executive Director. In 1984, Doug earned his Bachelor’s degree in history from Davidson College and he received his law degree in 1989 from Washington and Lee University.

Doug has received the prestigious Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellowship and a number of other awards including most recently the Elbert P. Tuttle Jurisprudence Award from the Southeastern Anti-Defamation League; The University of Georgia’s Milner S. Ball Working In the Public Interest Lifetime Achievement Award; the Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ Evelyn G. Ullman Innovative Leadership Award; Davidson College’s John W. Kuykendall Award for Community Service; and the Georgia Indigent Defense Council’s Commitment to Excellence Award.

Doug is a popular and effective speaker, giving talks that range from a CLE based on the movie “Groundhog Day” to powerful presentations about restorative justice and spirituality in the practice of law. Some of his speaking engagements include: the Restorative Justice Conference, Ministry of Justice Israel; the Focolare Lawyers Conference in Rome, Italy; Meiji University, Tokyo; the Southeastern Council of Foundations Annual Meeting, the Christian Legal Society’s Annual Meeting; Mercer University School of Law – Law Day Speaker; the Stein Center for Ethics at Fordham University Law School in New York; and the Georgia Public Defenders Standards Council.

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The Georgia Justice Project (GJP) envisions a world where a criminal history does not stand in the way of a stable life. With 26 years of experience, GJP has developed a comprehensive suite of services, coupling holistic legal defense and social services with advocacy support to address the barriers to economic stability faced by the criminally accursed. GJP’s cost-effective approach helps lift Georgia’s criminally accused out of poverty. GJP’s work was featured in the 2012 edition of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High Impact Nonprofits by Leslie Crutchfield and Heather Macleod Grant. GJP is funded exclusively through private donations. Visit for more.