The City of Atlanta is committed to serving as a national leader in achieving meaningful criminal justice reform. Comprehensive actions in the areas of police reform and justice reform are essential to move our city forward. Atlanta accepted President Obama’s call-to-action, and we continue to strive to make holistic reforms to our criminal justice system, including through the closing and reimagining of the City’s detention center.
We are forging a new day in Atlanta, where our police officers can live and thrive in the communities they serve and where we can collectively evaluate the way our justice system works.
The City of Atlanta has taken bold steps – through both legislative action and innovative programming – to address systemic racism within the criminal justice system.
A community-led initiative to turn the current city jail into a Center for Equity, realized through Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ transformational vision. It holds the potential to be a national model in the US, providing increased resources, wellness, and healing for the community.
Mayor Bottoms announces that the City of Atlanta has engaged the services of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and a local planning and community engagement firm, Urban Planning and Management.
Upon receiving the Advisory Council’s early action recommendations, Mayor Bottoms immediately issued three Administrative Orders and submitted a letter to the Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB) to take action on these recommendations.
Despite the major challenges posed by COVID-19, the Mayor’s budget continues to increase equity across communities, expand opportunities to address the needs of our most vulnerable residents, and provide relief and recovery assistance to those affected by the pandemic.
Mayor Bottoms issued two new Administrative Orders related to transforming the City of Atlanta Police Department. The first order calls for the adoption of reforms regarding the Atlanta Police Department’s use of force policies. The second order calls for a comprehensive review of how policing should be handled by the City of Atlanta.