Fulton County Jail conditions are challenged as Trump co-defendant remains in custody

by Jessica Marie Baumgartner

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Conditions at the Fulton County Jail in Georgia are being challenged after the fourth inmate this month died.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the jail has the highest inmate death rate in the state and was investigated for civil rights violations in 2022. 

Lashawn Thompson was eaten alive by bugs in his cell last September and his family recently received a $4 million settlement for this tragedy. There were no protests held in his honor and no BLM marches, but America First Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., did question Sheriff Patrick Labat regarding the case before the settlement was reached.

Greene wrote on Tuesday, “The Fulton County Jail is a hellhole. Inmates keep dying under Sheriff Labat’s supervision.”

“Pre-trial detention shouldn’t be a death sentence,” she added.

This is especially concerning being that one co-defendant in the Georgia elections case was held a prisoner in the Fulton County Jail last week, per Forbes.

Marine veteran and Black Voices for Trump leader Harrison Floyd was considered at risk of committing more crimes if released by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Emily Richardson, Forbes reported.

Floyd had turned himself in and could not afford an attorney. He argued, “There is no way I’m a flight risk; I showed up here before the president was here,” according to the outlet.

He is still in jail but has been granted a bond of $100,000, according to the New York Times. If and when he is able to post bail is unknown. As of Wednesday morning, Floyd still had not been released, The Hill reported.

Meanwhile, the state of the jail’s facility and management remains a point of contention for those who support inmates’ human rights.

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