Notes taken at the NASW GA Conference in October 2017 during the lecture of Andrea Young (Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia)
- Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
- Some of what keeps Georgia poor is the policies that support racial division.
- There are people who are working to keep Georgia racially divided.
- In Georgia 400 families control the same number of resources as the bottom 50% of the population.
- Race is still a big divider in our country.
- America has 5% of the world’s population yet 25% of the world’s prisoners (more prisoners than China or Russia).
- 7 of 100 Georgians are under the control of the criminal justice system.
- Any interaction with the criminal justice system has life long consequences.
- There are counties in Georgia where a traffic ticket can be $800.
- People treat an arrest the same as a conviction.
- Be advocates for smart and restorative justice. The first wave is bail reform.
- “If you are not at the table then you are on the menu”.
- Democracy is not a spectator sport.
- 50,000 restrictions placed on people with prior convictions.