Press Advisory: The ACLU of Georgia, Cobb County Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and La Gente de Cobb to Host a Town Hall Meeting on Lockdown at the Cobb County Detention Center
NOVEMBER 22, 2019
The ACLU of Georgia
Cobb County Southern Leadership Conference
La Gente de Cobb
A town hall meeting to listen to the concerns from the families, friends, and community members regarding individuals who have been or continue to be subjected to the lockdown in the Detention Center run by the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office.
The Detention Center has been on lockdown since September. Over the last year, seven people have died while in custody of the Sheriff’s Office.
Allegations include that individuals in the Sheriff’s custody are confined to their cells for almost 24 hours a day. The only break from this 24-hour confinement appears to be for 15-minute showers on some days.
Additional allegations include the jail failing to permit visitation with family, delaying access to all mail, and preventing personal phone calls with loved ones. These solitary confinement-like conditions, if true, potentially violate the U.S. Constitution and federal law. Mail and visitation are also constitutionally protected rights for people who are incarcerated.
1839 Powder Springs Road
Monday, December 9, 2019
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Program begins at 7:00 pm
“Everyone in this community should be alarmed over the deaths of Georgians while in custody in the Cobb County jail. The County’s current response is inhumane and unacceptable,” said Andrea Young, executive director of the ACLU of Georgia.