Six years after a federal judge sided with inmates in a lawsuit alleging deplorable conditions at the Fulton County Jail, officials there are still trying to remedy a list of problems that has forced a federal monitor to keep track of their progress.
The lawsuit cited overcrowding and understaffing. Also identified in the list of issues to be corrected were the cell door locks. Administrators at the jail said those locks can no longer be counted on to keep high-risk inmates in their cells.
"The locks are inadequate, and they need to be replaced with maximum security locks," said Col. Mark Adger, the chief jailer.
He said the overcrowding issue has been addressed, and they are within the limit of 2,500 inmates required by a federal judge.
However, the locks cannot be addressed until Fulton County allocates $4 million for 936 cell doors.
"I think the locks are a large, complicated issue by themselves, and it's also an expensive proposition," said Adger.
He expects the Fulton County Commissioners to vote on this issue sometime in November.
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