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Atlanta City Detention Center Implements Cash Bond Ordinance

Post Date:02/28/2018 5:18 PM

Mayor’s Office of Communications
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Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell

Alnissa Ruiz-Craig, Deputy Press Secretary
404-546-1463, office
404-548-6407, cell


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2018

Atlanta City Detention Center Implements Cash Bond Ordinance

 New signature bond process goes live at 12:01 a.m. on March 1, 2018 

ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta Department of Corrections today announced that it will begin its implementation of ordinance 18-O-1045 after midnight on March 1, 2018.  The ordinance eliminates cash bonds as a condition to secure pre-trial release from the Atlanta City Detention Center (ACDC) following an arrest for violation of city ordinances. Beginning at 12:01 a.m., individuals booked into the ACDC will have the ability to secure their release with a recognizance or signature bond and will no longer be required to pay a cash bond amount to get out of jail prior to their initial court appearance. 

 “Since Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed the cash bail ordinance into law, the Department of Corrections has worked tirelessly with the City’s Law Department, our jail management system, the bond clerk, the municipal judges and courts, Office of the Public Defender, Solicitor’s Office and Department of Atlanta Information Management to ensure we address all potential issues and concerns in preparation for the implementation of our new digital signature bond process,” said Chief Patrick Labat, Department of Corrections. “Our goal is to successfully implement the ordinance’s mandates while making the signature bond process as painless and seamless as possible for the public and all impacted agencies.”

Under the new process, an individual arrested for certain non-violent, misdemeanor offenses will be booked in under charges for which he/she was arrested, receive a self-bond designation and be released. However, the ability to impose bail and other conditions is maintained for certain offenders including violent offenders, repeat offenders, and offenders who fail to appear for their initial hearing.  The Office of the Public Defender will provide additional legal and social services so that defendants are not released into the public without the necessary support and resources needed to successfully integrate back into their communities.


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