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GA jail where Fani Willis desires to keep Trump in holding cell flagged for dangerous conditions

The Fulton County Jail where former President Donald Trump, together with 18 other co-defendants — including his former attorneys Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, and his former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows — are expected to show themselves in, is currently undergoing an investigation into its dangerous conditions.

Sources tell The Post that District Attorney Fani Willis has plans to maintain Trump in considered one of the holding cells while being processed — something that Trump’s lawyers are wanting to barter early next week before the previous president agrees to show himself in.

“Secret Service has an obligation to guard the president and with this jails record of inmate treatment up to now, there’s just no possible way they might allow that. This is one other humiliation ritual and political theater attempt by a corrupt prosecution,” the insider told The Post.

Last month, the justice department launched a federal civil rights investigation after several complaints arose.

The facility was described by the county’s sheriff’s office as “dilapidated and rapidly eroding.”


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Former US President Donald Trump and 18 others, charged by District Attorney Fani Willis with racketeering and other offenses related to their efforts to overturn the 2020 election, are expected to be booked at a notorious jail in Fulton County.
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The Fulton County Jail is seen through power lines and barbed wire in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 17, 2023
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“People in prisons and jails are entitled to basic protections of their civil rights,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a press release. “We launched this investigation into the Fulton County Jail based on serious allegations of unsafe, unsanitary living conditions on the jail, excessive force and violence inside the jail, discrimination against incarcerated individuals with mental health issues, and failure to offer adequate medical care to incarcerated individuals.”

The move comes after 35-year-old Lashawn Thompson, whose family claimed was affected by mental illness, had died within the jail in September 2022 after he was found eaten alive and covered by bed bugs.

“They put that man in that cell, left him there to die, and that’s exactly what happened,” the family’s attorney, Michael Harper, told WABE.


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Lashawn Thompson died on the Fulton County Jail in September 2022 on the age of 35.
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Lashawn Thompson’s family attorney, Michael Harper says, his cell was covered in feces and infested with bugs and other vermin when he died while in the psychiatric ward at the Fulton County Jail in Septmeber 2022. He had been arrested three months prior for a misdemeanor.
Lashawn Thompson’s family attorney, Michael Harper, said his cell was covered in feces and infested with bugs and other vermin when he died while within the psychiatric ward on the Fulton County Jail in September 2022. He had been arrested three months prior for a misdemeanor.
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An independent autopsy cited his reason for death was from “Complications attributable to Severe Neglect,” with “Untreated Decompensated Schizophrenia” as a contributing cause.

Thompson was the seventh person to die within the custody of Fulton County last 12 months. The facility also endured 11 fires, 534 fights, 114 stabbings and at the very least two murders.

“It’s rougher in here than in prison. I just did six years in prison, and I never got stabbed,” Domence Flannigan told Atlanta Magazine in July while sitting in a jail cell in Fulton County, nursing 35 stab wounds.

As of May, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office employed 403 officers, with 132 posted on the jail. The jail is 40 officers wanting full staffing, a spokesperson told the outlet.


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The jail was meant to carry just one,300 inmates, but takes in over 3,000 people.
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The jail has been described as much more dangerous than prison with several deaths per 12 months.
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Fulton county jail was first opened back in 1985 to deal with about 1,300 inmates. But it has a history of overcrowding, and has held greater than 3,000 people without delay.

Last 12 months, greater than 450 inmates needed to sleep on the ground attributable to overcrowding.

According to the Fulton County Sheriff’s office, the jail holds seven floors with two towers (north and south). There are a complete of 1,322 cells.

“Expect an alarm for wake-up at about six within the morning, and next they’ll do roll call,” a former prisoner from the Prison Handbook stated. “Next, you’ll have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you’ll have to work in this system that has been assigned to you. This could possibly be working within the kitchen, laundry, or some kind of manufacturing job. While this may occasionally seem tedious, it might allow you to once you leave jail, as you’re gaining experience in a certain field of labor.”


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Donald Trump is anticipated to show himself in to the Fulton County Jail by the August 25 due date.
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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis speaks to the media after a Grand Jury brought back indictments against former President Donald Trump and 18 of his allies of their try and overturn the state’s 2020 election results, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. August 14, 2023.
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“Other inmates go to high school, while some participate in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there can be one other roll call, then back to work. Your evening can be spent either in your cell or a typical room. During this time dinner is served and also you can be expected to take a shower.”

“After one other roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you can be confined to your cell, there could also be enough light to read or write letters,” it ends. “Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and take a look at to get as much sleep as they’ll.”

The Fulton County sheriff has since fielded a slew of requests for the jail to be completely demolished attributable to its poor conditions.

Trump, 77, and his 18 co-defendants, in an unprecedented case, have been accused of breaking criminal laws within the Georgia 2020 election case under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, also generally known as RICO.

In a Thursday interview with Larry Kudlow on Fox Business, Trump dismissed the costs as a “witch hunt” and a “horrible thing for the country.”

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