Fulton County corrections officials say they're preparing to move some inmates into cells with new locks. County corrections spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan says new cell locks have been installed on the fifth floor of the jail, and inmates will begin moving into their new cells Thursday morning.
The Chatham County Commission has scheduled a public hearing Monday on its budget for fiscal year 2014. Commissioners are expected to discuss a possible increase in the millage rate, which would result in higher property taxes across the county. One major reason a tax hike may be necessary is a need for extra staff at the county jail.
A law enforcement official says the FBI has arrested four people who worked at the Fulton County Jail. The official told The Associated Press the four were arrested Thursday morning at the Atlanta complex. Anonymity was requested because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.
As Georgia faces a federal lawsuit calling for sweeping changes to the state’s mental health system many mentally ill inmates are being held in county jails. That's because Georgia’s psychiatric hospitals don’t have enough room.