Atlanta Jail to Inmates: Bust Through Locks, Win Food

Turns out the current locks haven't been keeping them in their cells
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2012 1:52 PM CDT
The locks in Fulton County Jail have proved no match for its inmates.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The locks at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta have one small problem: The inmates can pretty much jam them and open them at will. "They just don't serve the purpose anymore of security," chief jailer Mark Adger tells WSBTV. So he's testing a replacement—and asking the inmates themselves to make sure they work.

The jail plans to group its most notorious, skilled lock-beaters in the one cell block equipped with the new locks, and it will offer them up to $20 worth of free commissary food or hygiene products if they can bust them open. "We'll get plenty of takers for what we're offering," Adger says. Asked why he was participating, one inmate smiled. "I dunno. I just wanna try it." (Read more Atlanta stories.)

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