These proposals comes despite activists calling for the Atlanta jail to be razed and turned into an equity center. About 50 people gathered Monday to voice opposition to the jail staying open ahead of the full council vote later in the day.
Over 50 people are rallying outside City Hall right now to push back on the proposed jail lease agreement with Fulton County. Expecting a tense City Council meeting today with lots of public comment. #atlpolpic.twitter.com/zTUXF6L6fw
Atlanta spends about $16 million keeping open its 1,300-bed facility — which remains empty after Atlanta legislators decided in 2018 to nix the cash bonds that jailed many low-level offenders.
Fulton desperately needs the space because its Rice Street jail is overcrowded to the point that hundreds of inmates sleep on the floor every night.
But this lease still won’t be enough, Labat said, which is why he wants a new jail that could cost upwards of $500 million. A viability study on the new jail is set to wrap at the end of the year.
As for the lease, county commissioners will consider the proposal at their 10 a.m. meeting. The meeting is set to take place at 141 Pryor St. in downtown Atlanta and streamed online at bit.ly/WatchFGTV.
AJC staff writer J.D. Capelouto contributed to this report.
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