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NAACP calling for external review after third Muscogee County jail inmate death

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The Columbus Chapter of the NAACP is calling for an external investigation after the third inmate death in two weeks at the Muscogee County Jail.

Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr is set to meet with NAACP representatives on Friday, but maintains he is not bringing in an outside agency.

The latest incident happened Saturday when two inmates got into a fight. Officials said 57-year-old Isaac Kindred was found unresponsive and bloody in his cell. Inmate Jeffery McKinney has been charged in Kindred's death.

Lori Carroll, 46, was found dead in her cell Oct. 24. A cause of death has not been released yet in that case, but officials said she had what appeared to be self-inflicted injuries. Six days after Carroll's death a 21-year-old inmate died from a brain aneurysm.

Sheriff Darr refused requests for an on-camera interview Monday and maintained the Sheriff's Office will continue investigating the cases.

Columbus NAACP President Nate Sanderson said that's not good enough and an outside agency is necessary to insure complete transparency. "Three deaths in such a short period of time, that causes for great concern," Sanderson said. The NAACP is calling for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, FBI or Department of Justice to conduct a top-to-bottom probe of the Muscogee County Jail and the recent inmate deaths.

"I'm interested in policy and procedures and seeing if the policy and procedures are being followed, do they need to be adjusted, has something changed," Sanderson said.

On Saturday, Darr called the deaths tragedies, but coincidential.He said an outside agency would be necessary if he felt there was any wrong-doing by his staff. "There has not been one or any indication that it has been staff related, not following through with their job responsibility."

the NAACP still has questions though. "Are these prisoners monitored? Is it sufficient now with the level of people that are being incarcerated?" Sanderson posed during an interview Monday.

The jail has a capacity of 1,069 inmates. On the night of the most recent incident, the facility was 11 people under capacity. Deputies had just completed lockdown when the latest incident occurred. Sheriff Darr said Kindred and his inmate were in the mental health ward and checked on about every 30 minutes, which is consistent with protocol. He said staffing did not contribute to these incidents happening. "We have been very responsible every time. We've rendered first aid."

The death on Oct. 24 was the first at the jail in two years. Autopsy results for Kindred's body are expected Tuesday.

All cases are still under review. Once the investigations are complete they will be turned over to the GBI and Department of Justice for review.

Sydney Cameron

Sydney joined the WRBL news team in December 2011 after working as a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. More>>

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