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Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 2:00am

Debate Over Public Art at New Jail

The Athens-Clarke Commission is delaying a decision on whether or not public art should be displayed at the Clarke County Jail. By law, hanging any art at the jail triggers a requirement that at least one-percent of the facility’s 76-million dollar budget be spent on art. Some officials feel less should be spent while others say the walls should be bare. Commissioner Jared Bailey supports spending the full one-percent.
"I think just because it's a jail, it shouldn't be any different. But I think that my colleagues have heard from a lot of people who think there should not be any art at the jail, that money shouldn't be 'wasted' on art at the jail. And I disagree."
Bailey says a final decision on the art should be made by the first week of January.