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( – In August, a Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury indicted former President Donald Trump and 18 other people on charges related to their alleged actions to overthrow the results of the last presidential election. One charge against some of the defendants was for violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, which carries a minimum sentence — five years. Recently, a few politicians in Georgia made a move to review the prison and address safety issues.

On October 5, the Washington Times reported that Georgia Lieutenant Governor Burt Jones and GOP State Senators John Albers and Randy Robertson would announce an investigation launch into the conditions of the Fulton County facilities. Albers said he was hoping to go in and make suggestions to “get [the jail] on the right track” while admitting legislators couldn’t “solve all the problems” going on inside. The legislator stated his intention to swiftly appoint a subcommittee to start hearings about the prison problems in November.

According to reports, the jail is full of issues like unsanitary conditions, violence, and severe overcrowding. In fact, six people have died in the prison since July. Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat reported the facility’s walls are falling down, and prison guards have found plenty of shanks to go around — a popular weapon behind bars. During his campaign, Labat partially ran on building a new jail, but the price tag is reportedly very high. That makes the prospect perhaps a long-term solution but not an immediate one.

Albers didn’t say the initiative was prompted by Trump’s and his co-defendants’ upcoming trials but did say the issue “cannot wait” to be addressed. Calls for improvement aren’t new. They reportedly increased in May after inmate Lashawn Thompson died in the Fulton County jail, and his dead body was found covered in bugs. He reportedly perished from severe neglect.

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