'Justice for ACC Inmates' rally to be held this week


The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement is scheduled to hold a "Justice for ACC Inmates" rally beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

"Inmates at the Clarke County Jail allege that they have been subject to various forms of mistreatment ranging from violence and excessive aggression, to neglect," according to an AADM media release.

"In the last 30 days, AADM has received multiple complaints from inmates that allege that they were beaten during arrest resulting in serious bodily injuries, are not given necessary medical attention while in custody, and are subject to violent actions from officers in ACC jail. In some cases, when investigations are made into these incidents, the inmates involved say they are not questioned about their experience and little to no disciplinary action is taken to hold the officers accountable," AADM stated in the release.

"According to a 2019 audit of the Sheriff's Office, it was concluded that there is poor employee morale, staffing shortages and inadequate training, a lack of trust in leadership, and inconsistencies in disciplinary actions, among other things,"the news release said. "These are major operational issues that are reflected in the alleged gross mistreatment of the inmates in custody. This behavior cannot continue, so we ask that you join us in speaking up and speaking out."

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