The Fulton County jail where former President Donald Trump is allegedly being held along with 18 other co-defendants – including his former attorneys Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis and his former chief of staff Mark Meadows – is under investigation for its dangerous conditions.
Sources tell the Post that District Attorney Fani Willis has plans to keep Trump in one of the holding cells during the trial — something Trump’s attorneys plan to negotiate early next week before the former president agrees to turn himself in.
“The Secret Service has a duty to protect the President, and given the prison’s history of treating inmates, there’s simply no way they’re going to let that happen.” This is yet another rite of humiliation and political theatrics by a corrupt prosecutor,” the insider said to The Post.
Last month, the Justice Department initiated a federal civil rights investigation after several complaints.
The county sheriff’s office described the facility as “dilapidated and rapidly eroding.”
“People in jails and jails are entitled to basic protections for their civil rights,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement. “We initiated this investigation at the Fulton County Jail based on serious allegations of unsafe, unsanitary living conditions in the jail, excessive violence and violence within the jail, discrimination against inmates with mental health problems, and the failure to provide adequate medical care to the inmates .”
The move comes after 35-year-old Lashawn Thompson, whose family claimed to have a mental illness, died in prison in September 2022 after being found eaten alive and infested with bed bugs.
“They put this man in this cell, left him there to die, and that’s what happened,” family attorney Michael Harper said. said COMB.
An independent autopsy gave the cause of death as “complications from severe neglect” with “untreated decompensated schizophrenia” being one of the causes.
Thompson was the seventh person to die in Fulton County custody last year. There were also 11 fires, 534 fights, 114 stabbings and at least two murders at the facility.
“It’s rougher here than in prison. I just did six years in prison and I was never stabbed,” said Domence Flannigan told Atlanta Magazine in July while he was in a Fulton County jail cell nursing 35 stab wounds.
In May, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office employed 403 officers, 132 of whom were stationed in the prison. The jail is short of 40 officers to reach full occupation, a spokesman for the outlet said.
Fulton County Jail first opened in 1985 to house approximately 1,300 inmates. But it has always been crowded, hosting more than 3,000 people at a time.
Last year had more than 450 inmates sleep on the floor because of overcrowding.
The Post has reached out to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office for comment and information on how many cells and floors the facility has.
“A wake-up call is to be expected around six in the morning, and roll call will come next,” said a former inmate given prison manual. “Next, have breakfast. When you’re done with breakfast, you’ll need to complete your assigned program. This may be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some other manufacturing job. Although this may seem tedious, once you get out of prison it can help you as you gain experience in a specific field of work.”
“Other inmates go to school, while some participate in prescribed treatment programs. After lunch there is roll call and then it’s back to work. You spend the evening either in your cell or in a common room. During this time dinner will be served and you will be expected to shower.”
“After another roll call, the lights go out. Even if you are locked in your cell, there may be enough light there to read or write letters,” it concludes. “On the other hand, most inmates are happy that the lights are off and they try to get as much sleep as possible.”
The Fulton County Sheriff has since made numerous requests for the prison to be completely demolished because of its poor conditions.
Trump, 77, and his 18 co-defendants have been charged with violating criminal statutes in the case of the 2020 Georgia election under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, also known as RICO.
In an interview with Larry Kudlow on Fox Business on Thursday, Trump dismissed the allegations as “witch hunts” and a “horrible thing for the country.”