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89 percent of the inmates in the Fulton County jail are young black men.

89 percent of the inmates in the Fulton County jail are young black men.

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‘Smart Justice’ Makes Stronger Communities

I recently had an experience no parent ever wants to have. A few weeks ago, my 18-year old son was held up at gunpoint. Fortunately he was unharmed and the thieves made off with only his cellphone. I came out of that experience with a renewed determination to do something about the rising rates of criminal activity and recidivism in our community. My son, as victim, and the young men who robbed him are now part of a disturbing set of dire national and local statistics.