American Civil Liberties Union

This week on The Local Take I speak with Andrea Young, Executive Director of the ACLU of Georgia. The American Civil Liberties Union has launched a Smart Justice campaign to End Mass Incarceration.  Andrea Young explains that one way to do so is by voting. 

Ms. Young shares that Georgia is #4 in the number of citizens incarcerated in the country and #1 with the number of citizens involved in the criminal justice system (parole, probation). Our state is spending $1Billion a year to house prisoners. 

I spoke last week on The Local Take on WCLK with Marilyn Winn of Women on the Rise about the new Marijuana Law #17-01152 in Atlanta.

This law seeks to eliminate prison and felony charges from being applied to citizens who are apprehended with small amounts of marijuana. Research conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union/ACLU shows that while Americans use marijuana at the same rates, black people are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested and charged for marijuana use. 

pbs/Suspension Stories

Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 a.m. during Dr. Judi The People's Advocate on Jazz 91.9 WCLK , Social Worker Dr. Judi Crocker-Billingsley engages with the community about the issues surrounding what is called the School To Prison Pipeline.  The  trend is an American mechanism to adopt policies and practices that push our nation's schoolchildren, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. This pipeline reflects the prioritization of incarceration over education.