ATLANTA - The Fulton County Jail system has spent millions of dollars in taxpayer money on the troubled facility, but problems persist - including faulty locks, overcrowding, safety problems.
On Thursday, a grand jury issued a scathing report on its findings.
The Fulton County grand jury launched investigations into the school system and the county jail, but they really zeroed in on the county jail. They found problems with overcrowding, understaffing and security.
Most of those problems are well-documented, but nonetheless represent a cauldron of dangerous conditions at the overcrowded jail. The Fulton County Jail has been under federal supervision because of a 2005 lawsuit. The jailers have already spent tens of millions of dollars to address those very issues, but stubborn problems of overcrowding and security remain.
"We're recommending that a special grand jury be convened to address the issue of inadequate coverage at the Fulton County Jail," said grand jury foreman Gillen Young.
11Alive News reached out to Fulton County Jail officials, who said they have no comment about the latest report.
Fulton County Chairman John Eves says he remains concerned about issues at the jail, including overcrowding.
"Just this week, I requested a substantive and meaningful dialogue to discuss with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed the use of the Atlanta City Jail to alleviate overcrowding issues," Eaves said in a statement released Thursday afternoon. "The county has already begun investigating other alternatives to long term incarceration for non-violent offenders."
The grand jury also recommended that the jail provide regular reports to future grand juries.