Atlanta Sheriff Offers To Yield Control Of Jail

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Sheriff Jackie Barrett of Atlanta told a federal judge yesterday that she was ready to give up control of the Fulton County Jail, saying it would be a "positive step" if he replaced her, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob had set a hearing tomorrow on whether Barrett is fit to oversee the jail, which houses more than 3,000 inmates. The Southern Center for Human Rights recently filed a lawsuit asserting that overcrowding and a deteriorating infrastructure endanger deputies and inmates alike. The suit seeks federal intervention. Barrett told Shoob that a receiver . . .

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