Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will be honored by the ACLU of Georgia for her efforts in criminal justice reform in the city, the organization said Thursday.
Bottoms will receive the inaugural Civil Liberties Achievement Award at the group’s annual membership meeting Thursday evening. The program will also feature a conversation between award-winning author Carol Anderson and Emmy-winning journalist and KISS 104.1 radio host Monica Pearson.
The ACLU cited Bottoms’ decision to eliminate cash bond requirements for some low-level offenders and prohibit the jail from accepting new detainees of the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency as reasons for honoring her.
Others being honored at the meeting include activist Maria del Rosario Palacios who is receiving the Community Leadership Award; Asian Americans Advancing Justice who will receive the Partnership Award; and former president of the ACLU board Gail Podolsk who will receive the Volunteer Leadership Award.
The meeting will be held at The Temple’s Schwartz Goldstein Hall on 1589 Peachtree St.
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