After mold discovery, fixes coming to DeKalb jail

DeKalb sheriff Jeffrey Mann. AJC file photo.
DeKalb sheriff Jeffrey Mann. AJC file photo.

An overhaul of the DeKalb County Jail to fix issues with leaky plumbing and mold was announced by Sheriff Jeffrey Mann today.

The renovation will cost $1.5 million and is expected to take three months. Mann said that a study concluded the mold is likely caused by leaks in the showers where inmates are housed but poses no immediate health threats.

The 1 million-square-foot detention center is located on Memorial Drive and has an average daily population of 1,800, well below its capacity. The jail was built 23 years ago.

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