Chatham County officials are recommending an increase in property taxes for a bigger jail budget. Sheriff Al St. Lawrence says he'd like to hire 52 new jail staffers to ease inmate overcrowding. Commission chairman Al Scott is pushing back against the proposal.
The Fulton County Commission voted 5-2 Wednesday to spend $5 million to replace more than 1,300 faulty locks at the county jail. The issue is one reason the county jail has been operated under federal oversight for the past six years.
Fulton County commissioners failed to pass a measure to replace over 1,300 faulty locks on cell doors at a county jail. The locks in the jail are one issue officials must address to resolve a federal lawsuit, which forced Fulton County to operate the jail under federal supervision.
Lawyers for six parents have filed a class-action lawsuit against the state. The plaintiffs are in jail and can’t pay child support. The suit claims they should never have been jailed in the first place.
Savannah's Chatham County has broken ground on a $71 million jail expansion. The project will nearly double the detention center's size to more than 2,000 beds and will take two years to finish. It's one of the largest construction projects in the area and a welcome bit of business for area contractors.