November 30, 2023

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is anticipated to give up on Thursday on the jail in Georgia’s most populous county — an overcrowded facility with a popularity for violence and neglect that has prompted a federal investigation into circumstances there.

Trump can be launched from Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, recognized colloquially because the Rice Avenue jail, as soon as he’s booked on expenses of illegally scheming to overturn his 2020 election loss in Georgia.

Not all legal defendants are dealt with that manner. Others have spent months, and even years, there earlier than they have been indicted.

Right here’s a take a look at the jail and what Trump would possibly expertise when he turns himself in:

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE JAIL?

Fulton County Jail, which opened in 1989, held greater than 3,200 folks earlier this yr — nicely above its capability of roughly 2,700.

Devin Franklin, a public defender in Fulton County for 12 years, mentioned his shoppers commonly accused guards of opening cell doorways to facilitate assaults.

“They’d name it ‘popping the doorways,’” he mentioned.

Franklin recalled making an attempt to maneuver a 17-year-old who mentioned he was compelled to battle different folks on the jail for meals.

Stabbings are frequent and medical care is poor, attorneys say. Three folks have died on the facility during the last month after being discovered unresponsive of their cells — two of them in a medical unit.

The U.S. Division of Justice introduced earlier this yr that it opened a civil rights investigation into circumstances on the jail, with officers citing violence, filthy circumstances and the dying final yr of Lashawn Thompson, whose physique was discovered lined in bugs.

Labat has known as on the county to fund a brand new jail. Franklin mentioned too many low-level offenders are being held for too lengthy as a result of they will’t pay their bail and the district lawyer’s workplace isn’t in search of grand jury indictments quick sufficient.

“They’ve so many individuals in custody that don’t should be in custody, particularly when you realize you may’t hold them secure,” Franklin mentioned.

WHAT IS TRUMP SAYING ABOUT THE JAIL?

In a fundraising e mail despatched Tuesday, Trump mentioned the jail has been described as a “humanitarian disaster” and “a violent jail.” He mentioned guards have collected shanks produced from the jail’s crumbling partitions.

The sheriff’s workplace mentioned in March that authorities conducting a “shakedown” discovered greater than 200 do-it-yourself knives.

“Inmates are actually crafting shanks from the crumbling partitions of the dilapidated facility,” Labat mentioned in an announcement on the time.