The Atlanta City Council is considering a resolution to close the Atlanta City Detention Center (ACDC) and determine how to repurpose the facility.Atlanta City Council Resolution 18-R-3971 (August 20, 2018).
In fiscal year 2018, the 1,300-bed facility had an operating budget of $33 million, but never reached capacity. The city had leased extra bed space to other law enforcement agencies, a number that declined after a June executive order barring Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees.Ibid.; and “Council Members Tour Atlanta City Detention Center Amid Plans to Repurpose It,” October 14, 2018. The resolution calls for transforming the ACDC into a space that “provides a positive, meaningful service to residents of Atlanta and the surrounding community.”Atlanta City Council Resolution 18-R-3971, 2018. Cost savings would be funneled into city services such as public safety, early childhood education, and additional public defenders.Ibid. The move comes after a campaign by the group “Close the Jail ATL,” which in October brought city representatives to tour the former Bayview Correctional Facility in New York, a women’s prison reborn as a space for organizations working for the rights of women and girls.Close the Jail ATL, “Close the Jail ATL Campaign & Women on the Rise Bring Atlanta City Representatives to Visit Repurposed Women’s Jail in New York,”; and The Women’s Building, “Frequently Asked Questions,”.