September 25, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 25, 2020

Media contact: Ana Maria Rosato [email protected]

The ACLU of Georgia, Cobb Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and other community partners are holding a third town hall meeting to listen to the concerns of families, friends, and community members regarding the tragic conditions in the Cobb County Detention Center.

Glover Park
Marietta Square
39-75 E Park Square
Marietta, GA 30060
If you do choose to attend in person, please wear a mask and social distance.

This event will be broadcast on Facebook Live on the Cobb County Chapter Southern Christian Leadership Conference page.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

ACLU of Georgia
Austell Community Task Force
Cobb Coalition for Public Safety
Cobb Ministerial Alliance
Cobb County Chapter Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Families Against Racism
NAACP Cobb County Branch
Moms of Black Boys United – GA Chapter

The Cobb County Sheriff's department's culture of negligence has resulted in more than 40 deaths of people incarcerated in the Cobb County Detention Center under Sherriff Warren’s administration. Additional allegations include the detention center failing to provide clean water, instituting a month-long lockdown, failing to permit visitation with family, delaying access to mail, preventing personal phone calls with loved ones, and banning the delivery of the Marietta Daily Journal.

“We are looking forward to listening to community members discuss these ongoing tragedies. Civil rights and civil liberties, like immigration rights and criminal justice reform, are under attack, and that’s why we decided to get involved in this election,” said Christopher Bruce, political director of the ACLU of Georgia. “At a time when the Cobb County Detention Center is in crisis and families are being split apart by law enforcement, the next Cobb County sheriff has the ability to change this. We’re reaching out to voters across the county to ensure they know each candidates’ positions on these important issues.”

The ACLU of Georgia has been working with coalition partners on the ground to pressure the county district attorney and other agencies to investigate the more than 40 deaths that have occurred under the tenure of the current sheriff. The affiliate is conducting a robust campaign to contact county voters to provide information regarding candidates for sheriff and local state legislative races via mail, phone banking, texts, email, and social media.