Closer Look: AG Chris Carr; ATL’s Transportation Plans for Cyclists

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr talks about the opioid crisis and his office's priorities on today's "Closer Look."
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr talks about the opioid crisis and his office's priorities on today's "Closer Look."
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Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief on the recent cold weather. The National Weather Service is predicting highs won’t reach above 50 degrees over the next few days — tonight the temperatures will drop below freezing and will last until tomorrow morning.
  • In other news, those held in a solitary confinement unit at a state prison in Jackson, Georgia will be given more time outside of their cell. This comes as a result of a federal settlement between the state and two men, Timothy Gumm and Robert Watkins, who have been confined in the unit — known as the “Special Management Unit.” The settlement says that every person held in solitary must be allowed at least four hours outside of their cell on weekdays; other reforms include limits on how long someone can be held in the unit.
  • Previously, the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification prison solitary unit have been called one of the quote “harshest and most draconian” in the nation.
  • 4:24: The use of prescription and non-prescription opioid drugs has become a national epidemic. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr recently filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors. He joins Closer Look in-studio to talk about the opioid crisis and other top priorities for his office in 2019.
  • 37:40: As Atlanta’s population grows, the streets are becoming more crowded. The City of Atlanta has passed legislation to regulate dockless e-scooters and by creating a 60-page transportation plan that outlines goals for making the streets safer for bikers, scooters and pedestrians. But, which projects should the city prioritize? Rebecca Serna, Executive Director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, joins us in the studio to share her vision for the future of transportation in Atlanta.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker.