March 28, 2022 - Our Criminal Justice System - Three Perspectives


“Our Criminal Justice System - Three Perspectives”

Sally Yates, Fmr. US Deputy Attorney General and Co-Chair, Council on Criminal Justice

Adam Gelb, Pres. and CEO, Council on Criminal Justice

Thaddeus Johnson, Asst. Prof. of Criminology at GSU and Senior Fellow, Council on Criminal Justice


After 15 years of bipartisan cooperation in Georgia and across the country, criminal justice has once again become a divisive political issue, with debates often clouded by misinformation and misunderstanding. The Council on Criminal Justice, a national think tank with strong Atlanta roots, is dedicated to grounding policy in facts, evidence, and fundamental principles of justice. The Rotary Club of Atlanta is pleased to welcome three individuals affiliated with the Council to our club to discuss crime, violence, policing, sentencing, and other key issues from three unique perspectives.


Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, now with King & Spalding, serves as co-chair of the Council’s Board of Trustees will offer a federal view. Assistant Professor Thaddeus Johnson of Georgia State University, a Council Senior Fellow, served for a decade as a police officer in Memphis. Adam Gelb, a former Atlanta Journal-Constitution crime reporter and aide to former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, founded the Council in 2019 and will moderate the discussion.


From this conversation, we hope you will come away with the complexities facing the criminal justice system and some fresh ideas on how to make it fairer and more effective.

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