ATLANTA — A federal judge says he's moving forward with a contempt hearing after learning that all faulty cell locks at the Fulton County jail haven't been replaced, and that nearly 200 inmates are sleeping on the floor.
WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/19Dfjku ) reports Judge Thomas Thrash has scheduled a hearing in February since the county hasn't improved conditions at the facility, as required under a consent order. The hearing will involve the Fulton County Sheriff's Office and the Board of Commissioners.
Sheriff Ted Jackson says his office is replacing the locks as quickly as possible and needs county approval to send inmates to other facilities to ease overcrowding.
Jackson's attorney, Vaughn Dunnigan, says his client shouldn't be considered as being in contempt of the order because he's making reasonable efforts to comply with it.
Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html