Atlanta’s Sale of Jail to Fulton County No Longer on Table
(AJC) — The Fulton County Commission no longer faces the threat of being found in contempt if it does not buy the Atlanta jail by Nov. 1, a federal judge said Thursday. The sale is “off the table,” he said. While the threat of being locked up in the federal penitentiary still looms over the board, it’s no longer imminent. Senior U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob said he will hold the county commission accountable if it does not find a solution to its chronic jail overcrowding problems in a “reasonable amount of time.” The focus now will be setting terms for the county to lease beds from the city as a short-term fix, while the county explores the possibility of building new jail space at a cost $150 million or more.