State Bar of Georgia’s BASICS Program Goes on After 45 Years

Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates is a Georgia-based law practice that helps people obtain relief from their current convictions and overcome restrictions that come along with prior convictions. Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates was established in 1985 by experienced lawyer Michael McIntyre, who is in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia.

The State Bar of Georgia serves as the governing body of the legal profession in the State of Georgia. All practicing lawyers in Georgia are members of the Bar. The Bar implements various programs to assist its members and the public. One of the Bar’s longest-running programs for the public is the BASICS Program.

The BASICS or Bar Association Support to Improve Correctional Services is an offender rehabilitation program wherein the participants are assisted to stay out of jail through instruction, guidance, and counseling. The BASICS is sponsored by the Bar’s BASICS Committee.

In 1976, the US Supreme Court challenged all lawyers to play an active part in criminal reform. The American Bar Association responded positively. Twenty-two bar associations across the country started their BASICS programs. While each program was customized for each association, each dealt with criminal reform. Forty-five years later, the State Bar of Georgia’s BASICS World of Work Program is the only remaining BASICS program from the original 22 that continues to serve to this day.

The BASICS World of Work Program runs for 10 weeks. Within one year of release, former inmates who participate in the program receive business education, personal development, motivation, and counseling for employability.