There is much more behind FBI crime figures than you think
Statement of Fulton County Commissioner Khadijah Abdur-Rahman
“Like many of you, I was unnerved by seeing the recent homicide stats the FBI just released. The rise across the country and the steady uptick in crime in our local area is more than cause for concern. We must act; we must do something NOW.
According to the FBI report, Georgia’s violent crime rate outpaced the U.S. average. In Atlanta, 2020 turned out to be one of the deadliest year in decades. According to reports released, the Atlanta Police investigated more than 150 homicides in 2020, up from under 100 in 2019 and the most in more than two decades.
When you look deep into the report, it is clear that the Coronavirus pandemic has played a role, and that cannot be lost in our contemplation of this situation. To that end, we also must review our entire criminal justice patterns, process and operations. And, yes, I will reiterate, we need a new jail. That is why I authored legislation to require, as Fulton County policy, that the sheriff and the county manager conduct a feasibility study for a new high-tech, state-of-the-art jail facility. A new jail will go long way in helping reduce the recidivism rate if we rehabilitate, not just incarcerate—which will reduce crime.”