The ACDC, located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia at Peachtree Street NW and Memorial Drive SW, is an 11- story, 471,000 square foot active detention and arrest-processing center. Construction of the current ACDC facility occurred in 1995 and the building has the capacity to detain approximately 1,300 individuals. As of May 2020, the average daily population of detainees was less than 50 because of Mayor Bottoms’ and community-led successful efforts to decriminalize several low-level offenses; launch and build out the pre-arrest diversion initiative; reform municipal cash bail; and end a long-term contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
In May 2019, Mayor Bottoms signed legislation authorizing the closure of the Atlanta City Detention Center and standing up a Task Force to provide preliminary recommendations for the initiative. It is a top priority of Mayor Bottoms to put this underutilized facility to more productive use as a multifaceted center for wellness and healing, skills-building, economic mobility, and crime prevention for people, families and communities impacted by the history of over-incarceration. By converting this space, the City of Atlanta seeks to invest in people to break the cycle of poverty while at the same time improving public safety practices and opportunities that reduce recidivism and re-build lives.