We need you to take action now! Say NO to SB 164 and oppose bad bail bills in Georgia.
SB 164 mandates the extended incarceration of people who can’t pay cash bail when charged with nearly every offense, including local ordinance violations.
See SCHR’s call to action below:
We need to work together right now to keep cash bail reform alive in Georgia AGAIN!!!
#1 CONTACT SEN. BILL COWSERT, THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL, AND ASK HIM TO WITHDRAW SB 164
Sen. Bill Cowsert
“Hello, my name is (Your Name). I live in Georgia, and I am concerned about SB 164. I am calling to ask Sen. Cowsert to withdraw his bill because it is unconstitutional, it will force cities and counties to needlessly incarcerate people, and it will waste taxpayer dollars.”
#2 CONTACT THE MEMBERS OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND ASK FOR A NO VOTE ON SB 164
a. In the “To” column cut and paste:
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
b. Put in the subject line: Please Vote NO on SB 164
c. Copy and paste the following (or modify as you like):
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee:
Please vote NO on SB 164 or hold it without further action. SB 164 will compromise public safety and waste taxpayer dollars. Specifically, the bill will worsen wealth-based detention in Georgia and prohibit local jurisdictions from being able to decide whether financial conditions are necessary to ensure court appearance and maintain public safety.
City, State, Zip Code
#3 JOIN US
Plan to come to the hearing tomorrow [Monday, March 4] at 10:00AM in Room 307 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building (CLOB), across the street from the State Capitol. The room is likely to fill quickly so it would be ideal to arrive before 9:30AM if you would like to get a seat and/or sign-up to testify.