As noted by CNN, the Atlanta Detention Center experienced a decline in inmates along with an increase in operating costs, leading mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to sign new legislation about the future of the facility.
“This Task Force reflects strong local leadership, willing to help us progress towards a safer, and just city,” Bottoms said in a news release. “It is my hope this building will serve as an epicenter for resources, education, and training for the community. With the help of these members, I am optimistic that what is re-imagined will be the future of One Atlanta.”
T.I. is part of a 25 member task force that includes activists of criminal justice reform and city council members, who will explore the various ways in which the Atlanta City Detention Center can be used. They will also explore ideas with the community and take suggestions back to the mayor.
The jail previously housed individuals who violated city ordinances and minor traffic laws. Amongst the twenty-five members is Scrapp DeLeon from “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.”
“The final closure of this Detention Center symbolizes a new era for the city of Atlanta… Taking this critical step will both result in meaningful change for Atlanta and set a new standard for the rest of the nation,” said the City Mayor.
Bottoms said the goal is to transform the jail into a “multi-faceted use center for wellness and healing, skills-building, economic mobility and crime prevention.”