How do we create safer communities?
No one should be afraid in their city, and especially not afraid of the people and systems meant to keep us safe.
FAST FACTS FROM THE EXPERTS
There has been a spike in violent crime beginning 2015; There have been 45 homicides which is down by 27% from the previous year, 277 shootings this year compared to 244 last year which is up by 14%, with 370 shooting victims which means more than 1 person was shot at a time.
Neighborhoods with more commercial and residential activities such as Downtown, Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, Edgewood and Auburn Avenue are witnessing high “Quality of Life arrests” (1300 arrests last year) which include activities such as loitering, sleeping on sidewalks, public urination, jaywalking. These "crimes" don't have to end in arrests or tickets.
Creating safer communities could include creating affordable housing and having pro active policies that ensure long term sustainability that consider the diversity of the socio-economic demographics of the city.
If we cut down on traditional policing and crime prevention we could redirect funding to other preventative measures such as education, better jobs, and building communities.
WHAT SHOULD CANDIDATES KNOW?
“Managing crime is a holistic effort” which should focus on education, quality of life and providing opportunities.
Recognizing the existing social infrastructure such as disparities in the education system in order to create a balance that helps the entire community to thrive.
Adhering to transparency in public safety and law enforcement is a must.
We should challenge the conversation around policing in order to decrease the need for police presence.
WANT TO TAKE ACTION?
Use these fast, tweetable facts and downloadable graphics to ensure your friends, family, and even candidates know safety for all Atlantans matters for your future Atlanta.
OUR FUTURE ATLANTA IS CLEAN
FACT: One in 13 Atlantans are under government surveillance or corrections for a low-level drug charge. 76% of them are African American.
FACT: This costs local tax payers - and those in the system - money that could go towards more effective solutions