Mitzi Bickers leaves the Richard B. Russell federal courthouse in Atlanta, Sept. 8, 2022. She was sentenced to 14 years in prison for her role in the Atlanta City Hall contract bribery scandal. She will wear an ankle monitor and is on house arrest until she reports to prison. Her attorneys say they will appeal to the U.S. Eleventh Circuit. Credit: Robin Kemp/The Clayton Crescent

UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. 6/15: ADDS BOP comment

The Clayton Crescent has confirmed a report that former Clayton County Sheriff’s Office chief of staff Mitzi Bickers has been moved from FCI Marianna to FCI Tallahassee. A check of BOP inmate listings shows Bickers is in custody at the Tallahassee facility.

A Bureau of Prisons spokesperson sent this response to a request for an update on Bickers’ current status as well as when and why she was moved:

For privacy, safety, and security reasons, we do not discuss any individual inmates’ condition of confinement to include medical status, designation decisions or reason for transfer. However, we can provide you the following general information. 

The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) designates individuals to institutions based on a number of factors. Some of the factors include the level of security and supervision the inmate requires, any medical or programming needs, separation, and security measures to ensure the inmate’s protection, and other considerations including proximity to an individual’s release residence. The same criteria apply when making decisions for both initial designations and re-designation for transfer to a new facility. This information is outlined in Program Statement 5100.08 titled, “Inmate Security Designation and Custody Classification” which can be found on our public website.

To learn more about our designations process, please see our Designations page.” 

Bickers, a widely-sought-after political fixer and former Atlanta School Board member who also pastored her father’s Atlanta church, was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for her role in the Atlanta City Hall contracting scandal. Bickers was convicted of money laundering, lying on her taxes, and several other white-collar crimes. She reported to FCI Marianna in November 2022.

Bickers is a close associate of former Sheriff Victor Hill, who is serving 18 months in federal prison in an unrelated case involving violation of pretrial detainees’ rights under color of law. Her political consulting company, Pirouette (owned on paper by her partner, Keyla Jackson), has figured in campaigns for Hill, District 3 Commissioner Felicia Franklin, District 1 Commissioner Alieka Anderson, and Janice Scott (who ran unsuccessfully in District 4 against DeMont Davis).

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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