City of Atlanta
Georgia

Resolution
21-R-3259
Adopted Substitute
May 3, 2021 1:00 PM

A RESOLUTION BY 21-R-3259
COUNCILMEMBERS MICHAEL JULIAN BOND, JOYCE SHEPERD, HOWARD SHOOK, J.P MATZIGKEIT, CLETA WINSLOW AND MARCI COLLIER OVERSTREET
AS SUBSTITUTED BY THE ATLANTA CITY COUNCIL
A RESOLUTION URGING MAYOR KEISHA LANCE BOTTOMS’ ADMINISTRATION AND THE FULTON COUNTY COMMISSION AND CHAIRPERSON ROB PITTS AND SHERIFF PATRICK LABAT TO CONCLUDE THEIR NEGOTIATIONS CONCERNING A PROPOSED LETTER OF INTENT WHICH OUTLINES HOW THE CITY OF ATLANTA COULD TEMPORARILY UTILIZE THE ACDC FACILITY AS A LOCATION TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES, IN COLLABORATION WITH FULTON COUNTY AND OTHER PARTNERS, BY NO LATER THAN MAY 31, 2021; AND TO PROVIDE THAT IF THERE IS NO CONCLUSION TO THESE NEGOTIATIONS BY MAY 31, 2021, THAT THE ATLANTA CITY COUNCIL SHALL ESTABLISH AN ATLANTA-FULTON COUNTY JOINT COMMITTEE CONSISTING OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CITY OF ATLANTA AND FULTON COUNTY GOVERNMENTS TO CONDUCT THE ONGOING ASSESSMENT AND PROVISION OF RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING JUSTICE REFORMS AND THE RESOLUTION OF THE COUNTY’S JAIL OVERCROWDING ISSUES; AND FOR OTHER RELATED PURPOSES.

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Department:Office of Research and Policy AnalysisSponsors:Councilmember, Post 1 At Large Michael Julian Bond
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WHEREAS, since the 1950s, the City of Atlanta has operated a municipal jail and in 1995, opened the 1300-bed Atlanta City Detention Center ("ACDC"); and

WHEREAS, the City of Atlanta has taken important steps toward reforming our public safety, community health, immigrant justice, and criminal justice systems to better reflect our values of equity, inclusion, justice, and effectiveness; and

WHEREAS, the reforms of Pre-Arrest Diversion, Marijuana Reclassification, and Bail Reform have been necessary steps toward a shared commitment to end the use of arrest and jail as solutions to the problems of extreme poverty, addiction, and mental health challenges and instead provide vital community-based services and supports; and

WHEREAS, the Atlanta City Council, as the governing body of the City of Atlanta, convened and participated in a series of worksessions led by the Public Safety and Legal Administration Committee, and its Chair, the Honorable Joyce Sheperd wherein policies related to the transformation of ACDC and justice reform plans were discussed; and

WHEREAS, these worksessions included presentations from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ administration in support of the closure of ACDC and in support of a focusing of efforts and resources on systems of equity and opportunity; and

WHEREAS, these worksessions also included a presentation from the Fulton County Sheriff Patrick Labat regarding why ACDC should not be closed, but could instead be utilized to alleviate the current overcrowding at the Fulton County jail; and

WHEREAS, the City and Fulton County have a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between restorative justice and social change resulting in enhanced public safety; and

WHEREAS, the Atlanta City Council is committed to a strong, collaborative relationship between the City of Atlanta and Fulton County and a deepening City/County partnership so as to enhance public safety, improve quality of life, improve conditions for pretrial detainees in Atlanta, and expand wraparound services to include vocational training and education, housing, community-based mental health services and case management to ensure successful reintegration; and

WHEREAS, there are numerous areas of potential collaboration with the Board of Commissioners, Fulton County Sheriff, and other justice partners; and

WHEREAS, on April 25, 2021 Mayor Bottoms’ administration transmitted a memorandum to the Atlanta City Council, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit ‘A’, which wherein the Atlanta City Council was informed of the discussions which have taken place thusfar between Mayor Bottoms’ administration and Fulton County regarding how the City of Atlanta and Fulton County could partner on justice reforms and to resolve the County’s jail overcrowding issues; and

WHEREAS, this memorandum outlined how Mayor Bottoms’ administration has met several times with Fulton County staff leaders to discuss needs and areas for partnership, developed a proposed letter of intent, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit ‘B’, based upon those discussions and has shared and discussed this letter of intent with Fulton County Commission Chairperson Rob Pitts; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to the proposed letter of intent, the City of Atlanta would temporarily utilize the ACDC facility as a location to provide additional programs and services, in collaboration with Fulton County and other partners; and

WHEREAS, these programs and services outlined in the proposed letter of intent would include the establishment of a 24 hours / 7 days per week pre-arrest diversion drop-off site and services location at ACDC for law enforcement diversion, community referrals, and self-referrals; and

WHEREAS, these programs and services outlined in the proposed letter of intent would also include the establishment of a re-entry program for up to 150 Fulton County inmates at ACDC wherein they would be transferred to the custody of the City of Atlanta for the program and would be provided housing and access to job and other services during the day, and for which Fulton County would provide partial funding; and

WHEREAS, Mayor Bottoms’ administration’s proposed letter of intent also calls for the establishment of a multi-jurisdictional state and local working group which would finalize details related to the development of a collaborative resources services center, to be supported through staffing and funding by the City of Atlanta, Fulton County, and State and other partners, and which would include access to services such as vocational training opportunities, job placement, behavioral health services, housing services, legal services, and healthcare services; and

WHEREAS, Mayor Bottoms’ administration has advised that they are awaiting action from Chairman Pitts on the draft letter of intent, and that if alignment occurs, that they will develop a formal intergovernmental agreement that will be brought before the Atlanta City Council and Fulton County Board of Commissioners for authorization; and

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Atlanta City Council that Mayor Bottoms’ administration and the Fulton County Commission and Chairman Pitts and Sheriff Patrick Labat shall conclude their negotiations regarding the proposed letter of intent by no later than May 31, 2021 and shall thereafter announce the results thereof to the Atlanta City Council; and

WHEREAS, prior to May 31, 2021, the Atlanta City Council shall schedule a worksession wherein Mayor Bottoms’ Administration and the Fulton County Commission and Chairperson Rob Pitts and Sheriff Patrick Labat shall be requested to appear and discuss the terms of the proposed letter of intent; and

WHEREAS, if there shall be no conclusion to the negotiations between Mayor Bottoms’ administration and the Fulton County Commission and Chairman Pitts and Sheriff Patrick Labat by May 31, 2021, that the Atlanta City Council shall establish an Atlanta-Fulton County joint committee consisting of representatives from the City of Atlanta and Fulton County Governments to conduct the ongoing assessment and provision of recommendations regarding justice reforms and the resolution of the County’s jail overcrowding issues.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA, that the Atlanta City Council hereby urges Mayor Bottoms’ administration and the Fulton County Commission and Chairperson Rob Pitts and Sheriff Patrick Labat to conclude their negotiations concerning the proposed letter of intent which outlines how the City of Atlanta could temporarily utilize the ACDC facility as a location to provide additional programs and services, in collaboration with Fulton County and other partners, by no later than May 31, 2021.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that prior to May 31, 2021, the Atlanta City Council shall schedule a worksession wherein Mayor Bottoms’ Administration and the Fulton County Commission and Chairperson Rob Pitts shall be requested to appear and discuss the terms of the proposed letter of intent.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that following the conclusion of these negotiations, Mayor Bottoms’ administration is requested to present the results thereof to the Atlanta City Council.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that if there shall be no conclusion to the negotiations between Mayor Bottoms’ administration and the Fulton County Commission and Chairman Pitts and Sheriff Patrick Labat by May 31, 2021, the Atlanta-Fulton County joint committee consisting of representatives from the City of Atlanta and Fulton County Governments shall be established to conduct the ongoing assessment and provision of recommendations regarding justice reforms and the resolution of the County’s jail overcrowding issues.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Municipal Clerk is directed to forward a copy of this Resolution, upon adoption, to Fulton County Commission Chairperson Rob Pitts and Sheriff Patrick Labat and all members of the Fulton County Commission.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution shall be effective immediately upon approval.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that any resolution in conflict with this resolution is hereby waived to the extent of the conflict.

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Meeting History

Mar 15, 2021 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft

Council Member Bond made a Motion to Adopt Resolution 21-R-3259. It was Seconded by Council Member Winslow and a discussion ensued, during which, Council Member Ide made a Motion to Refer the item to the Public Safety and Legal Administration Committee. It was Seconded by Council Member Westmoreland and CARRIED by a roll call vote of 9 yeas; 5 nays.

REFERRED TO PUBLIC SAFETY AND LEGAL ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 9 YEAS; 5 NAYS

RESULT:REFERRED TO COMMITTEE [9 TO 5]
MOVER:Jennifer N. Ide, Councilmember, District 6
SECONDER:Matt Westmoreland, Councilmember, Post 2 At Large
AYES:Matt Westmoreland, Andre Dickens, Carla Smith, Amir R Farokhi, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Jennifer N. Ide, Howard Shook, Marci Collier Overstreet, Joyce M Sheperd
NAYS:Michael Julian Bond, Cleta Winslow, J. P. Matzigkeit, Dustin Hillis, Andrea L. Boone
ABSENT:Antonio Brown
Mar 22, 2021 2:00 PM Video Public Safety & Legal Administration Committee Regular Committee Meeting
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RESULT:FAVORABLE [4 TO 3]
MOVER:Michael Julian Bond, Post 1 At Large
SECONDER:Andrea L. Boone, District 10
AYES:Michael Julian Bond, Cleta Winslow, Dustin Hillis, Andrea L. Boone
NAYS:Joyce M Sheperd, Carla Smith, Amir R Farokhi
Apr 19, 2021 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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Chairperson Sheperd made a Motion to Table 21-R-3259. It was Seconded by Council Member Westmoreland and the Motion CARRIED by a roll call vote of 11 yeas; 3 nays.

TABLED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 11 YEAS; 3 NAYS.

RESULT:TABLED [11 TO 3]Next: 5/3/2021 1:00 PM
MOVER:Joyce M Sheperd, Councilmember, District 12
SECONDER:Matt Westmoreland, Councilmember, Post 2 At Large
AYES:Matt Westmoreland, Andre Dickens, Carla Smith, Antonio Brown, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Jennifer N. Ide, Howard Shook, J. P. Matzigkeit, Dustin Hillis, Marci Collier Overstreet, Joyce M Sheperd
NAYS:Michael Julian Bond, Cleta Winslow, Andrea L. Boone
ABSENT:Amir R Farokhi
May 3, 2021 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft

Council Member Sheperd made a Motion to bring forth a Substitute for Resolution 21-R-3259. It was Seconded by Council Member Bond and CARRIED by a roll call vote of 15 yeas; 0 nays. The Substitute was before the Council. Following, Council Member Sheperd made a Motion to Adopt on Substitute. It was Seconded by Council Member Bond and the Motion CARRIED by a roll call vote of 15 yeas; 0 nays.

ADOPTED SUBSTITUTE BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 15 YEAS; 0 NAYS

RESULT:ADOPTED SUBSTITUTE [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Joyce M Sheperd, Councilmember, District 12
SECONDER:Michael Julian Bond, Councilmember, Post 1 At Large
AYES:Michael Julian Bond, Matt Westmoreland, Andre Dickens, Carla Smith, Amir R Farokhi, Antonio Brown, Cleta Winslow, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Jennifer N. Ide, Howard Shook, J. P. Matzigkeit, Dustin Hillis, Andrea L. Boone, Marci Collier Overstreet, Joyce M Sheperd