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Media contact:

June 13, 2018

Who:  American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia
        Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement
        Economic Justice Coalition

         Guest panelists 
         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. 
Bail Reform
Community Reentry
Parole Reform
Prosecutorial Reform
Sentencing Reform
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.

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