THE CANDIDATES

The ACLU of Georgia is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse candidates for elected office. The information below is provided as a service to the public by identifying where candidates stand on key issues. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

*Indicates that the candidate failed to respond to our questionnaire.

DEMOCRATIC

CRAIG OWENS

ACLU SCORE:

95%

VIEW PDF

REPUBLICAN 

NEIL WARREN

ACLU SCORE:

0%*

NO RESPONSE 

IMMIGRANT RIGHTS - 100%

1. Will you commit to terminating Cobb County’s 287g agreement and any other agreement with I.C.E.?

 YES

2. Will you commit to decline I.C.E. detainer requests unless they are accompanied by a judicial criminal warrant?

YES

3. Will you commit to decline I.C.E. access to detention center facilities and databases?

YES

4. Will you commit to not rent detention space to I.C.E. for the purpose of holding immigrants?

YES

ENDING MASS INCARCERATION - 100%

5. Will you commit to end the use of cash bail within the sheriff’s purview and to advocate for the reform of the cash bail system?

YES

6. Will you commit to end the enforcement of misdemeanor marijuana position as within the Sheriff’s purview?

YES

TRANSPARENCY AND USE OF FORCE - 100%

7. Will you commit to enacting a use of force policy that directs officers to use de-escelation whenever possible, and prohibits them from using force more than neccesary to accomplish a legitimate public safety or jail security objective?

YES

8. Will you commit to using independent investigations outside the chain of command of the sheriff in situations where there is a death or serious injury in which an officer was involved?

YES

9. Will you commit to establishing an independent community advisory board including Cobb County residents and impacted community members that would meet regularly with the sheriffs’s office, request and review data, inspect jail facilities, and make reccomendations on enforcement and jail policies, practices, and responses to incidents?

YES

DEFENDING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS - 80%

10. Will you commit to making sure that people who are arrested or people who are incarcerated have timely access to legal council and in-person meetings with family members?

YES

11. Will you commit to ensuring that people who are arrested or are incarcerated are not denied their abillity to access mail?

YES

12. Will you commit to ending solitary confinement as a response to all but the most serious offenses that inflicted considerable harm?

NO

13. Will you commit to limit solitary to up to 15 consecutive days in all cases?

YES

14. Will you commit to prohibit the use of solitary confinement for people with physical and mental diabilities?

YES

PROTECTING LGBTQ INDIVIDUALS - 100%

15. Will you commit to to place and classify people by their gender identity?

YES

16. Will you commit to ensure transgender people have access to medically neccesary care?

YES

HOLDING OFFICERS ACCOUNTABLE - 100%

17. Will you commit to discipline and/or terminate officers and staff who violate departmental or county policies or engage in misconduct?

YES

18. Will you decline to hire unqualified people or people who have engaged in misconduct previously?

YES

19. Will you commit to train staff of crisis management, hire staff to treat people with mental health conditions, and increase addiction treatment and support in jails?

YES

IMMIGRANT RIGHTS - 0%*

1. Will you commit to terminating Cobb County’s 287g agreement and any other agreement with I.C.E.?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

2. Will you commit to decline I.C.E. detainer requests unless they are accompanied by a judicial criminal warrant?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

3. Will you commit to decline I.C.E. access to detention center facilities and databases?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

4. Will you commit to not rent detention space to I.C.E. for the purpose of holding immigrants?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

ENDING MASS INCARCERATION - 0%*

5. Will you commit to end the use of cash bail within the sheriff’s purview and to advocate for the reform of the cash bail system?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

6. Will you commit to end the enforcement of misdemeanor marijuana position as within the Sheriff’s purview?

 FAILED TO RESPOND 

TRANSPARENCY AND USE OF FORCE - 0%*

7. Will you commit to enacting a use of force policy that directs officers to use de-escelation whenever possible, and prohibits them from using force more than neccesary to accomplish a legitimate public safety or jail security objective?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

8. Will you commit to using independent investigations outside the chain of command of the sheriff in situations where there is a death or serious injury in which an officer was involved?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

9. Will you commit to establishing an independent community advisory board including Cobb County residents and impacted community members that would meet regularly with the sheriffs’s office, request and review data, inspect jail facilities, and make reccomendations on enforcement and jail policies, practices, and responses to incidents?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

DEFENDING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS - 0%*

10. Will you commit to making sure that people who are arrested or people who are incarcerated have timely access to legal council and in-person meetings with family members?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

11. Will you commit to ensuring that people who are arrested or are incarcerated are not denied their abillity to access mail?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

12. Will you commit to ending solitary confinement as a response to all but the most serious offenses that inflicted considerable harm?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

13. Will you commit to limit solitary to up to 15 consecutive days in all cases?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

14. Will you commit to prohibit the use of solitary confinement for people with physical and mental diabilities?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

PROTECTING LGBTQ INDIVIDUALS - 0%*

15. Will you commit to to place and classify people by their gender identity?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

16. Will you commit to ensure transgender people have access to medically neccesary care?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

HOLDING OFFICERS ACCOUNTABLE - 0%*

17. Will you commit to discipline and/or terminate officers and staff who violate departmental or county policies or engage in misconduct?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

18. Will you decline to hire unqualified people or people who have engaged in misconduct previously?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

19. Will you commit to train staff of crisis management, hire staff to treat people with mental health conditions, and increase addiction treatment and support in jails?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

DEMOCRATIC

CRAIG OWENS

ACLU SCORE:

95%

VIEW PDF

IMMIGRANT RIGHTS - 100%

1. Will you commit to terminating Cobb County’s 287g agreement and any other agreement with I.C.E.?

 YES

2. Will you commit to decline I.C.E. detainer requests unless they are accompanied by a judicial criminal warrant?

YES

3. Will you commit to decline I.C.E. access to detention center facilities and databases?

YES

4. Will you commit to not rent detention space to I.C.E. for the purpose of holding immigrants?

YES

ENDING MASS INCARCERATION - 100%

5. Will you commit to end the use of cash bail within the sheriff’s purview and to advocate for the reform of the cash bail system?

YES

6. Will you commit to end the enforcement of misdemeanor marijuana position as within the Sheriff’s purview?

YES

TRANSPARENCY AND USE OF FORCE - 100%

7. Will you commit to enacting a use of force policy that directs officers to use de-escelation whenever possible, and prohibits them from using force more than neccesary to accomplish a legitimate public safety or jail security objective?

YES

8. Will you commit to using independent investigations outside the chain of command of the sheriff in situations where there is a death or serious injury in which an officer was involved?

YES

9. Will you commit to establishing an independent community advisory board including Cobb County residents and impacted community members that would meet regularly with the sheriffs’s office, request and review data, inspect jail facilities, and make reccomendations on enforcement and jail policies, practices, and responses to incidents?

YES

DEFENDING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS - 80%

10. Will you commit to making sure that people who are arrested or people who are incarcerated have timely access to legal council and in-person meetings with family members?

YES

11. Will you commit to ensuring that people who are arrested or are incarcerated are not denied their abillity to access mail?

YES

12. Will you commit to ending solitary confinement as a response to all but the most serious offenses that inflicted considerable harm?

NO

13. Will you commit to limit solitary to up to 15 consecutive days in all cases?

YES

14. Will you commit to prohibit the use of solitary confinement for people with physical and mental diabilities?

YES

PROTECTING LGBTQ INDIVIDUALS - 100%

15. Will you commit to to place and classify people by their gender identity?

YES

16. Will you commit to ensure transgender people have access to medically neccesary care?

YES

HOLDING OFFICERS ACCOUNTABLE - 100%

17. Will you commit to discipline and/or terminate officers and staff who violate departmental or county policies or engage in misconduct?

YES

18. Will you decline to hire unqualified people or people who have engaged in misconduct previously?

YES

19. Will you commit to train staff of crisis management, hire staff to treat people with mental health conditions, and increase addiction treatment and support in jails?

YES

REPUBLICAN 

NEIL WARREN

ACLU SCORE:

0%*

NO RESPONSE

IMMIGRANT RIGHTS - 0%*

1. Will you commit to terminating Cobb County’s 287g agreement and any other agreement with I.C.E.?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

2. Will you commit to decline I.C.E. detainer requests unless they are accompanied by a judicial criminal warrant?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

3. Will you commit to decline I.C.E. access to detention center facilities and databases?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

4. Will you commit to not rent detention space to I.C.E. for the purpose of holding immigrants?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

ENDING MASS INCARCERATION - 0%*

5. Will you commit to end the use of cash bail within the sheriff’s purview and to advocate for the reform of the cash bail system?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

6. Will you commit to end the enforcement of misdemeanor marijuana position as within the Sheriff’s purview?

 FAILED TO RESPOND 

TRANSPARENCY AND USE OF FORCE - 0%*

7. Will you commit to enacting a use of force policy that directs officers to use de-escelation whenever possible, and prohibits them from using force more than neccesary to accomplish a legitimate public safety or jail security objective?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

8. Will you commit to using independent investigations outside the chain of command of the sheriff in situations where there is a death or serious injury in which an officer was involved?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

9. Will you commit to establishing an independent community advisory board including Cobb County residents and impacted community members that would meet regularly with the sheriffs’s office, request and review data, inspect jail facilities, and make reccomendations on enforcement and jail policies, practices, and responses to incidents?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

DEFENDING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS - 0%*

10. Will you commit to making sure that people who are arrested or people who are incarcerated have timely access to legal council and in-person meetings with family members?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

11. Will you commit to ensuring that people who are arrested or are incarcerated are not denied their abillity to access mail?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

12. Will you commit to ending solitary confinement as a response to all but the most serious offenses that inflicted considerable harm?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

13. Will you commit to limit solitary to up to 15 consecutive days in all cases?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

14. Will you commit to prohibit the use of solitary confinement for people with physical and mental diabilities?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

PROTECTING LGBTQ INDIVIDUALS - 0%*

15. Will you commit to to place and classify people by their gender identity?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

16. Will you commit to ensure transgender people have access to medically neccesary care?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

HOLDING OFFICERS ACCOUNTABLE - 0%*

17. Will you commit to discipline and/or terminate officers and staff who violate departmental or county policies or engage in misconduct?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

18. Will you decline to hire unqualified people or people who have engaged in misconduct previously?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

19. Will you commit to train staff of crisis management, hire staff to treat people with mental health conditions, and increase addiction treatment and support in jails?

 FAILED TO RESPOND

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