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|Legislation Action Alert - Georgia|
MOBB United for Social Change Action to OPPOSE Governor Kemp's Radical Budget Proposals
Background: Governor Kemp recently declared that gang violence in Georgia is at crisis levels; but, according to the most recent data available that statement is false. The most recent data reveals violent crime is down 13% in Georgia since 2011 and has been in a sharp decline since 1993. Yet Governor Kemp is still proposing radical changes under the guise of reform that would be disproportionately harmful to black men and boys. He is proposing:
Georgia already has a rigorous and reliable process which allows accountability while maintaining needed access to critical resources. This ensures the state complies with its Due Process requirements. The state Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, for example, runs the state accountability courts which allow judges to enroll offenders in tailored programs that allow them access to less damaging remediation and reform measures and move towards a more productive life without crime. Accountability courts work. Don't allow funds to be diverted away from them. Diverting funds away from the states public defenders and increasing funds for state prosecutors is a recipe for disaster and does not work. Funding for public defenders is already severely underfunded. Most public defenders are already burdened with more cases than they can handle, not allowing them time to properly prepare a defense for their clients. Some public defenders have complained that they have experienced only having time to meet with defendants just minutes before going before the judge, due to large caseloads. Tough on crime prosecutors only add to the problem of mass incarceration of poor people and people of color.
Call To Action
#ProtectThem by telling your representatives that you oppose these 'reforms'.
Step 1: Find contact information for your legislators in the Georgia Legislature here: OpenStates - GA Legislature
Step 2: Send an email. You can copy and paste from the background information above or use this link: Send Email
Step 3: Follow up with a phone call:
(Ask to speak with the staff member most familiar with the Senator or Assembly member's position Criminal Justice)
Hi My name is _______ and I am calling from Moms of Black Boys United and MOBB United for Social Change, an organization consisting of over 180,000 concerned moms. We strongly OPPOSE Governor Kemp's proposed budget changes that include:
I would like to see an increase in funding for the states accountability courts and supportive services because they work.
I would also like to see an increase in funding for public defenders and programs which engage and protect youth who are at risk for becoming involved in gangs.
Thank you for your support.
Step 4: Give Governor Kemp this message directly. The phone number for Governor Kemp is 1-404-656-1776. There is no direct email address for him, only an intake form.