Atlantans Brainstorm On Cutting Jail Population

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Georgia officials picked up 82 convicted criminals yeserday who had been waiting at the Fulton County Jail for bed space at a state prison, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Another 98 should be removed within a week. U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob took oversight of the overcrowded jail from Sheriff Jackie Barrett after the Southern Center for Human Rights filed a lawsuit saying jail conditions were inhumane and unsafe for inmates and staff. The jail was designed for about 1,400 inmates but averages more than 3,000. Shoob assembled about 50 judges, prosecutors and other county and . . .

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