Who: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia
Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement
Economic Justice Coalition
Superior Court Judge Eric Norris
State Rep. Deborah Gonzalez, District 117
Police Chief Scott Freeman, Athens-Clarke County
Life Griot, Founder of Chess and Community
Athens 4 Everyone
What: Athens Smart Justice Roundtable
Where: Athens – Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter Street, Athens, Georgia 30606
When: 5:30 pm Thursday, June 1
Why: Georgia’s over-incarceration of its citizens has had a long-term negative impact on families, communities, and the allocation of taxpayers’ dollars. Gov. Nathan Deal recently signed Senate Bill 407 into law as part of the reform of the state’s criminal justice system, but more needs to be done.
The Roundtable will focus on how Athens-Clarke County can usher in the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice, an unprecedented, multiyear effort to reduce the jail and prison population by 50% and to combat the racial disparities in the criminal justice system.