Safety and Justice Committee

Purpose

Design Data-Driven, High-Yield Crime Prevention Efforts that can be sustained in Athens-Clarke County. This should include focused efforts regarding housing, education, youth development, employment, hunger prevention, neighborhood enrichment, healthcare, behavioral health supports and related tactics that are demonstrated to reduce crime. This work includes both immediate opportunities and long-term commitment on the part of Athens-Clarke County.

Bolster Criminal Justice System Responses that are equitable and supportive of civil rights, human dignity, and recidivism reduction. This should work to eliminate disparities in system treatment and outcomes by race and ethnicity, should be supportive of individual and community health, create a continuum of crime and crisis responses that are the most appropriate solutions to situations – including a range of professional roles beyond traditional armed responses, design ideal training and skill development for public safety officers, and enhance graceful returns to the Athens community from those that have served under incarceration or supervision that create new opportunity for those individuals.

Members

  • Erin Barger, Liaison to Envision Athens Safety Team
  • David Beck, Diversion Center resident
  • John Donnelly, Public Defender
  • Rick Dunn, CCSD Graduation Coach Coordinator (retired)
  • Russell Gabriel, UGA Law School Faculty Member 
  • Deborah Gonzalez, District Attorney
  • Kamau Hull, Juvenile Court Judge
  • John Lash, Georgia Conflict Center
  • Adam Lasilla, ACLU coordinator
  • Katie McFarland, Advantage Behavioral Health 
  • Dr. Dawn Meyers, CCSD Assistant Superintendent and Student Services Director (retired)
  • Gwen O’Looney, Former Athens-Clarke County Mayor
  • Cleveland Spruill, Athens-Clarke County Police Chief (or designee)
  • Terris Thomas, Neighborhood Leader Coordinator