The drama continues between the Fulton County jail and the Atlanta Detention Center. Decades of trouble in the Fulton County jail system continue to play out, and now the City of Atlanta is backtracking on its pledge to close the city’s detention center in a bid to relieve overcrowding at county jails.

On Monday, faced with consistent concerns about the overcrowding that has seen inmates sleeping on the floor, Mayor Andre Dickens announced his intention to temporarily lease up to 700 hundred beds in the Atlanta City Detention Center to the county. That facility has been nearly empty since Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, with the backing of then City Councilman-Dickens, pledged to close the detention center and turn it into a “Center for Equity.”   

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