Civil Rights Groups Say Kemp's Budget Cuts Reverses Criminal Reform

Amanda Cooper
February 12, 2020 - 3:33 pm

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Georgia NAACP State President James Woodall, along with local civil rights leaders and state legislators, spoke out against Governor Kemp's budget cuts during a press conference at the state capitol this week. 

In January, during the State of the State address, Kemp said that budget cuts had been made to reduce gang violence, but civil rights groups say the cuts would scale back the bipartisan criminal justice reforms and devastate the criminal legal system.

Rev. James Woodall, State President of the Georgia NAACP, says, "These budget cuts reflect a commitment to restoring Jim Crow and maintaining white supremacy." Some lawmakers say that Georgians will not feel these budget cuts. Attorney Robert Patillo, the host of WAOK's  People, Passion, and Politics is also the Executive Director of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition – Peachtree Street Project. During the press conference, He said they are asking for Governor Kemp to work with community organizations, the legal community, and criminal justice reform advocates to find a tangible solution that does not set Georgia back."  

Watch the full press conference: 

The Georgia General Assembly is currently adjourned as they negotiate the proposed budget cuts.