‘New Meaningful Change’: T.I. To Join Task Force to Repurpose Atlanta City Jail

T.I. is helping Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms repurpose the Atlanta City Detention Center, so it can be a “multi-faceted use center for wellness and healing, skills-building, economic mobility and crime prevention.”

In May Bottoms signed legislation to close the jail due to increased operating costs and having fewer inmates there.

T.I. has joined a task force to help repurpose the Atlanta Detention Center (Photo: Paras Griffin / Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images)

Tip will be part of a 25 person- task force that’ll work on the jail, along with Scrapp Deleon of “Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta.”

“This Task Force reflects strong local leadership, willing to help us progress towards a safer, and just city,” said Bottoms in a press release. “It is my hope this building will serve as an epicenter for resources, education and training for the community. With the help of these members, I am optimistic that what is reimagined will be the future of One Atlanta.”

T.I. joining the task force is just the latest move he’s made to help his hometown of Atlanta.

In fact, he was honored at the Georgia State Capitol earlier this year for his two nonprofits, Harris Community Works that assists low-income families and For the Love of Our Fathers that helps those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Plus, in April of this year, the rapper helped bail out 23 nonviolent and first-time accused offenders, so they could spend Easter with their families.

T.I has also bought several buildings in the Center Hill section of Atlanta a while back to convert to affordable housing, which he talked about last year.

And with the detention center, Bottoms said it’ll mark a brand new chapter for the city once it reopens.

“The final closure of this detention center symbolizes a new era for the city of Atlanta,” said Bottoms. “Taking this critical step will both result in meaningful change for Atlanta and set a new standard for the rest of the nation.” 

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