Rapper T.I. Named to Atlanta’s City Jail Task Force to Aid Criminal Justice Reform

A newly formed task force charged with finding a new use for Atlanta’s city jail includes criminal justice reform volunteers, activists, council members and rapper T.I. 

The city announced the 25 members named to the task force in a news release late Tuesday, six weeks after deciding to create a task force to repurpose the Atlanta City Detention Center.

The task force will evaluate potential uses for the jail, located on 254 Peachtree St., where detainees are held for violating city ordinances and minor traffic violations.

As part of its work, the task force will gather community input on the best new use of the jail and present recommended changes to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Rapper T.I, whose real name is Clifford Harris, has worked on similar criminal justice efforts in Atlanta, including partnering with Ebenezer Baptist Church on a massive Freedom Day Bailout and expungement campaign.

Harris was recently awarded the inaugural Voice of the Culture Award by The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, or ASCAP.

Earlier, this year, Harris was honored by the Georgia Senate for his philanthropic work.

In all, 50 people will help determine the future of the jail.

Bottoms received nominations from more than 100 people before choosing 25 task force members.

They will be joined by two appointees of the City Council: Councilmen Antonio Brown and Matt Westmoreland.

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SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Raisa Habersham