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County logs progress on Grady, jail
by Noreen Cochran
March 25, 2014 03:57 PM | 2101 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Fulton County Board of Commissioners at its meeting last week addressed lingering issues with Grady Memorial Hospital and the county jail.

Negotiations over an amendment to a $61 million contract between the county and the Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority, which oversees the hospital, have come down to three sticking points.

“Our proposal says ‘meets or exceeds’ and the counter is to ‘strive to’ meet or exceed,” City Manager Dwight Ferrell said about customer satisfaction. “We also have a difference in audits. We have audits. They have come back with the term ‘reviews.’ The audit is more structured.”

The two parties also disagree over choosing an auditor.

Chairman John Eaves requested an update “with no discrepancies” at the April 2 meeting.

Jail overcrowding, which the county is under a 2006 consent decree to fix by July, was resolved as of March 19, said chief jailer Col. Mark Adger.

“Everyone will be off the floor by the count tonight,” he said about 2,450 inmates in Atlanta, Marietta, Union City, Alpharetta, and Cobb, DeKalb and Douglas counties,

Fixing 30-year-old cell door locks, which inmates have been able to open from inside their cells, is ongoing under a $4.7 million contract inked with Cornerstone Detention Products of Tanner, Ala., in June 2013.

“We are at 70 percent completion. That’s approximately 915 doors. We’re hoping to be done completely by the end of May,” Adger said about the 1,300 locks.

Eaves asked about the total status of the 118 consent decree items.

“We’re down to two,” County Attorney David Ware said. “Staffing and the completion of the jail lock program.”

Ware said the staffing recommendation is 95 percent.

Adger said staffing for sergeants is 96 percent and officers, “depending on the watch,” is between 68 and 78 percent.

No date was given for reaching the consent decree target.

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