Inside 'decrepit' Fulton County Jail 'full of scabies' where Donald Trump will be booked

Inside ‘decrepit’ Fulton County Jail ‘full of scabies’ where Donald Trump will be booked

Donald Trump has until noon on August 25 to surrender at Fulton County Jail or potentially face an arrest warrant after he was charged with attempting to overturn the 2020 election result in Georgia
Donald Trump will be forced to turn himself into the “decrepit” Fulton County Jail which is “full of scabies” after being indicted along with his 18 co-defendants.

The former president has until noon on August 25 to surrender or could potentially face an arrest warrant after he was charged with attempting to overturn the 2020 election result in Georgia.

The notorious germaphobe has been told officers will be following “normal practices” by Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat which will include fingerprinting, handcuffing and the much anticipated mugshot.

Trump was charged with 13 of the 41 counts and if convicted on all charges he could face up to 70 years in jail after he and his defendants were charged with racketeering, which is used to target mafia groups. He is unlikely to spend any time in the jail itself.

However, the jail, which was built in 1985, is in a “decrepit” condition and should be shut down, according to many, who believe it has been rundown for years after holding more than 3,000 inmates since it opened.

“It’s essentially been overcrowded since it was built,’ said Fallon McClure of the ACLU of Georgia. This has just been a perpetual cycle over and over for years.”

According to the Southern Centre for Human Rights, the prison provides “unhygienic living conditions” which have led to outbreaks of Covid, scabies, and lice. In addition, inmates were “significantly malnourished” and had been found with cachexia, which is known as a wasting syndrome, according to the BBC.

In the last few months, prisoners have died including a 34-year-old man who was found unconscious in a medical unit cell last week. And in September last year, Lashawn Thompson died after being housed in the jail which is akin to a “torture chamber”, according to his lawyer.

The 35-year-old had been in the jail’s psychiatric ward for three months when he died as the independent medical review said his ‘untreated decompensated schizophrenia’ was a contributing factor to his death, along with dehydration, malnutrition and severe body insect infestation, which included lice and bed bugs.

The jail, which admitted the building is “dilapidated and rapidly eroding” is seeking to build a new $1.7billion jail. However, Ms McClure does not believe it will get built, she said: “There’s been a lot of talk of cleaning it up. We have not really seen or heard anything particularly significant. It seems like a lot of posturing.”

She believes the Trump case is putting a drain on resources and contributing to the backlog in jail as a report from the ACLU in September found 117 people had waited in jail for more than a year because they had not been indicted; 12 had been held for two years for the same reason.

“There’s the assumption that other cases aren’t getting indicted because this is taking up so much time”‘ she added.

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