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Its been hard for me to balance seeing our country go backwards while also simultaneously experience us moving forward and making huge progress, especially after my work with the "Race in America" program across the deep south. 🍑🇺🇸 The City of Atlanta is "re-imagining" the future of the jails and detention centers; how to reform the criminal justice system; and how to turn these facilities into community, skill building and wellness spaces!
I had the honor to attend the first Atlanta City Detention Center (ACDC) Task Force Meeting with community members, elected officials, artists, advocates, activists, formerly incarcerated people, police officers, lawyers, architects, policy experts, etc...
I was shocked to hear that most of the people who end up in the detention center are mostly due to traffic infractions (driving on suspended license, not using turn signals, etc.) misdemeanors and immigration issues.
These people sometimes end up experiencing abuse, long stays and sometimes solitary confinement for low level misdemeanors while in the detention center.
I'm super excited to be part of the change in the city, figuring out how to envision a new way of policing and support the formerly incarcerated as they come back into the community.
It takes a village!
Read more below and in the comments section!
"Mayor Keisha Bottoms wants to put this underutilized facility to more productive use as a multi-faceted use center for wellness and healing, skills-building, economic mobility, and crime prevention for people, families and communities impacted by the history of over-incarceration. @keishabottoms @cityofatlantaga 💗🙏🏾
By converting this space, the City of Atlanta seeks to invest in people to break the cycle of poverty while at the same time improving public safety in Atlanta through restorative practices and opportunities that reduce recidivism and re-build lives." 🍑🇺🇸✌🏾💜🙏🏾
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