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Posted: August 19, 2011 9:15 a.m.

Fulton County, Atlanta ordered to transfer jail

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal judge has ordered Fulton County and Atlanta officials to move ahead with the sale of the city jail to the county.

U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob met on Thursday with officials and attorneys from both sides of a 2004 federal lawsuit involving overcrowding at the Fulton County jail.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/powdR3 ) Shoob warned city and county representatives that he would lock up any elected official who blocks efforts to transfer the jail.

County Attorney David Ware told Shoob that money is the problem. Shoob said the county must find the money.

If the sale goes through, Atlanta would lease 200 beds at the jail from the county.

 

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