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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Reiterates Call to Explore Sale of City Jail

Post Date:08/20/2018 8:46 PM
Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303


Keith Whitney, Director
404-330-6612, office

Michael Smith, Press Secretary
404-546-1465, office
470-372-8752, cell


For Immediate Release: August 20, 2018

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Reiterates Call to Explore Sale of City Jail

ATLANTA—With the number of inmates at the Atlanta City Detention Center(ACDC) steadily declining and the cost to maintain the facility steadily rising, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is reiterating her call to explore the sale of the City’s jail. 

Carefully defining the goals and the processes to make the sale a reality will take some very deliberate collaboration with local, state and federal officials who may have an interest in taking over the detention center.

“Selling the ACDC will save taxpayers millions of dollars,” said Mayor Bottoms.

Mayor Bottoms has already directed City staff to work towards identifying new positions for Corrections staff. 

It is possible the jail may be more valuable as a vehicle for future private development, given its proximity to the Underground, Georgia State, and The Gulch.

“We are reimagining what this property could be,” said Mayor Bottoms. “With many big developments going on in the area, the jail itself has become prime real estate. That will certainly have to be weighed along with its potential use as a detention facility for some other jurisdiction.” 

In addition to any funds generated from a possible sale, taxpayers would see an immediate savings of approximately $33M a year in the cost to run the facility; money that could potentially be spent on several other important City initiatives.  


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