Former Inmates Slam Sheriff at Second ACLU Town Hall

By Aleks Gilbert | Marietta Daily Journal/RomeNews-Tribune | February 19, 2020

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MARIETTA — Former inmates at the county’s Adult Detention Center slammed Sheriff Neil Warren over their treatment under his custody at a town hall Tuesday night at Zion Baptist Church.

The second town hall addressing conditions at the detention center organized by the ACLU of Georgia this winter was similar to the first. The ACLU has trained a spotlight on the sheriff’s office, which operates the detention center, after a jailwide lockdown and the deaths of seven people in its custody between December 2018 and November 2019.

Speaker after speaker stood before a microphone, wiping away tears, as they recounted their treatment or the treatment of a loved one at the detention center. Several issued a call to arms, saying the only way to change conditions there would be to vote Warren out of office in November.

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Ivy Treadwell-Garcia was released from the detention center in October after a six-month stint there. She said staff regularly refused to accommodate her several food allergies and was twice sent to the infirmary after having an allergic reaction.