Judge Gives Fulton County, Ga., 30 Days to Curb Jail Crowding
April 19, 2002
US District Judge Marvin Shoob has given Fulton County, Ga., 30 days to begin a plan to halt overcrowding and remedy other problems at the county's jail. Shoob, who is supervising the county's response to a lawsuit claiming that HIV-positive inmates get poor health care, said Tuesday in his order that overcrowding is the primary cause of the inmate's poor health care. Shoob said the jail housed 2,526 prisoners March 15, which was 100 more than it was designed to hold; 308 of those inmates were charged with misdemeanors but had not been formally accused by the solicitor's office. County Attorney O.V. Brantley said she was surprised by Shoob's order. Shoob cited a court-appointed monitor who said it could take HIV-positive inmates up to six months to get an appointment for care.Adapted from:
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