The new sheriff of Georgia’s most populous county— Fulton— is speaking out and taking action when it comes to addressing the rising violent crime rate in the Atlanta portion of the county. Pat Labat, in a statement yesterday, notes he is in “a unique position of knowing the issues of both jails and how to best keep the citizens of Atlanta and Fulton county safe, while also caring for detainees in the best way possible.” When it comes to keeping the city jail open and full of inmates, which Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms wants to close, the sheriff says “let’s not miss this historic chance to do the right thing and collaborate on the correct solution.”  

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