Atlanta passed an ordinance ending most money bail practices in February thanks to the diligent work of our grassroots and policy communities. The ordinance included a provision requiring a 6-month review meeting with public input. That meeting is currently scheduled for Tuesday September 25 at 3:00 p.m. before the Public Safety Committee of the Atlanta City Council in Committee Room 1. City Hall is located at 55 Trinity Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30303.
The Public Safety Committee needs to hear from you once again so that we can continue our work to end wealth-based detention. If you cannot make it to City Hall, please reach out to them by phone or email to share that you still support bail reform and want the legislation be left intact so that community members can continue to research and advocate for even more support for those impacted by the injustices of cash bail.
Sample script for calls and emails:
Hello, my name is [Name] and I [live/work] in Atlanta. I am reaching out to ask that you reiterate your support of Ordinance 18-O-1045. I believe that the unanimous vote passing the ordinance in February was an important first step, but we have much more work to do to ensure that the law is fully implemented. We must also provide support and services for those impacted by wealth-based detention. Thank you.
Public Safety Committee Members:
- Dustin R. Hillis – Chair – (404) 330-6044
- Michael Julian Bond – (404) 330-6770
- Andrea L. Boone – (404) 330-6055
- Andre Dickens – (404) 330-6041
- Marci Collier Overstreet – (404) 330-6054
- Joyce Sheperd – (404) 330-6053
- Cleta Winslow – (404) 330-6047
Suggested arrival time is 2:30 PM. Paid parking is available on the street and across from City Hall at the Trinity United Methodist Church parking lot.