Posted inPolitics, Voting

Despite New Restrictions, Black Voters Remain Energized on Election Day

Ahead of Election Day, voters, advocates, and political pundits have debated over whether Georgia’s updated voting laws would suppress the Black electorate.  The new law, SB 202, has provisions barring volunteers from giving food and water to voters standing in line outside polling stations — within 150 feet of a precinct. The measure also adds […]

Posted inCriminal Justice, Policing

Dickens Picks Interim Chief to Head APD

It’s official: Atlanta has a new top cop.  Mayor Andre Dickens appointed interim chief Darin Schierbaum to the permanent position. Schierbaum will be the 26th chief of the Atlanta Police Department.  “During his service as Interim Chief, we have seen crime drop, significant arrests of gang leaders, and partnership with the community increase,” Dickens said […]

Posted inBlack Biz, Money

Nuisance Ordinance That Sparked Backlash From Black Business Owners Has Stalled

It’s back to the drawing board for the proposed Atlanta ordinance to crack down on “nuisance properties.” The Public Safety and Legal Administration Committee held the controversial piece of legislation in committee at its last meeting. This means that the ordinance cannot be voted on by the City Council until it makes it out of […]

Posted inCriminal Justice, Incarceration

Why Does Atlanta Want to Lease Its Jail to Fulton County?

As local leaders and criminal justice advocates eagerly await the results of a Fulton County Jail inmate population study expected to be released this month, Atlanta’s recent decision to lease jail space to the county has drawn accusations of increasing mass incarceration. In August, the conversation around overcrowding in metro jails got contentious when the […]