Plans to form a task force to repurpose the Atlanta City Detention Center are underway after Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed a legislation to formally take steps to close the jail and convert it into what she called a “Center of Equity.”
“The final closure of this Detention Center symbolizes a new era for the city of Atlanta,” Bottoms said in a statement. “Transforming this space into a Center for Equity replaces City-subsidized incarceration with something more effective—equipping residents with the tools they need to succeed. Taking this critical step will both result in meaningful change for Atlanta and set a new standard for the rest of the nation.”
Bottoms signed the legislation Tuesday.
The task force will be comprised of up to 25 people selected by Bottoms. They are also charged with gathering community input and presenting recommended changes to the facility to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
The selection process is estimated to take at least 30 days, according to the resolution. Task members are expected to present their findings to Bottoms within a year.
Members of the task force could include council members, city officials and residents.
Residents may nominate someone or themselves for the task force by filling out an online form. Nominations will be accepted through June 7.
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