Press Release: ACLU Launches New TV Ad Highlighting Criminal Justice Reform in Georgia Gubernatorial Race
Group Engages in Significant Voter Education Effort About Civil Liberties Issues at Stake in This Election
ATLANTA —The American Civil Liberties Union today launched a new television ad to educate voters about the criminal justice issues at stake in Georgia’s gubernatorial race. The ad addresses needed criminal justice reforms in Georgia and urges voters to consider these issues when they go to the polls. The group will spend $800,000 to air in the Atlanta media market starting today through the election.
“There is too much at stake for civil liberties and civil rights in Georgia for us to sit on the sidelines this election,” said Andrea Young, Executive Director of the ACLU of Georgia. “Georgia’s next governor should continue our bipartisan fight for criminal justice reform, specifically taking steps to reduce mass incarceration and the state’s dependence on private prisons, as well as prioritizing treatment over incarceration. Our goal is to make sure that voters have accurate information about the criminal justice records of the candidates and to show the candidates that these issues are important to voters.”
The ACLU will also launch digital ads to target key voters. On Wednesday evening, the Georgia affiliate is premiering a video series Voices of Smart Justice: An Evening of Early voter Mobilization and Action to elevate the voices of three courageous Georgia citizens who have been harmed by Georgia’s broken criminal justice system and to highlight the necessity of electing candidates in 2018 who support real reform.
The full criminal justice reform records of Georgia’s gubernatorial candidates can be found at www.aclu.org/GAGov and www.smartjusticega.org/VOTE.
The ACLU is a non-partisan organization that does not endorse or oppose candidates. The effort in Georgia is a part of ACLU’s national voter education campaign to mobilize all voters to vote like their rights depend on it.