Bowdon Municipal Court changed some of its practices in 2015 after Judge Richard A. Diment was shown in recordings demanding payment in exchange for avoiding jail. Later, in a New York Times article, Judge Diment claimed that he had never actually jailed someone for failing to pay a fine. Judge Diment’s daughter described him as a proponent of civil rights.
Bowdon is located near the Georgia-Alabama state line at 33° 32′ 22″ N, 85° 15′ 21″ W (33.539444 N, -85.255833 W). The main highways through the city are Georgia State Routes 100 and 166. GA-100 runs through the city from north to south, leading north 16 mi (26 km) to Tallapoosa and south 11 mi (18 km) to Ephesus. GA-166 runs through the city from west to east, leading east 12 mi (19 km) to Carrollton, the county seat, and west 4 mi (6 km) to its end at the Alabama-Georgia state line.