CNN reported that Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta has stated the principal reason of creating the task force is to transform the Atlanta city jail into a "multi-faceted use center for wellness and healing, skills-building, economic mobility and crime prevention." Currently, the jail is being used to hold people for minor traffic violations and disobeying city ordinances.
Rapper Clifford Harris, aka T.I. is a part of a group of 25 community leaders assigned to a task force that will help with the change of the Atlanta city jail. Other members of the task force include Atlanta's Police Chief Ericka Shields, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, and not to be left out, Scrapp Deleon of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, who has even spent time in the jail himself, so he knows reform is needed.
T.I. being on the task force makes a lot of sense. He has previously done work involving criminal justice reform in Atlanta. In June, he teamed up with Ebenezer Baptist Church to create a campaign geared towards ending mass imprisonment. Earlier this year, the Georgia State Senate honored Harris for his work in the community.
The task force will meet for the first time next Tuesday, July 16 in City Hall. All can attend, as it is open to the public.