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NAACP responds to Muscogee County Jail deaths

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has already started their examination of the Muscogee County Jail after 3 separate deaths at the jail in the span of about two weeks. The members of the Columbus NAACP say the issue is much bigger than just potential problems at the facility.

"From the court system, to the executive level, all the way down to the council level, and then quite naturally all of those decisions are going to impact what takes place at this jail," said Nate Sanderson, President of the Columbus NAACP.

The group met with Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr in a closed meeting Friday morning to discuss the 3 latest incidents at the jail. The most recent death being considered a murder investigation. The NAACP wants answers. Specifically to a list of 18 questions they left with Sheriff Darr after the meeting Friday morning.

Questions like were the two inmates in the deadly cell fight Jeffrey McKinney and Isaac Kindred on suicide watch? What are the policies for inmates on suicide watch? McKinney's mother said her son, who was charged with murder, has suffered from mental illness for years.

"He don't even know what's going on. He thinks he's coming home talking about he'll be going home in a couple days. I said do you have a clue. Do you even know what you're in here for? What they're charging you with? He don't have a clue," said Marcia Johnson.

And NAACP President Nate Sanderson says that's one problem that's already evident in the jail system.

"We have too many inmates that should be in mental health hospitals but they're receiving their treatment in the prison system or in the jails," said Sanderson.

The NAACP said once the investigations are over then they then will begin to hold our public officials accountable.

"So it may seem like we just went in and everything is all okay but there are other things outside this conversation that's going to tell whether everything is really okay," said Edward Dubose.




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