ATLANTA - Government leaders have described the worsening conditions at the Fulton County Jail.
On Thursday, Sheriff Pat Labat opened the doors to the public by bringing in television cameras for a close-up look. The deplorable conditions could not be an overstatement.
There are floors that are partially closed due to burst pipes and overflowing toilets, with dirty water and human waste on the concrete floor.
These closures have further burdened the already overcrowded sections, with reporters seeing some male inmates curled up in doggy-style trays on the floor.
"We have been putting a Band-Aid on this," Labat told FOX 5. "What we need is a replacement jail."
Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat took FOX 5 on a tour of the deplorable conditions he says he is trying to fix at the county jail on April 27, 2023. (FOX 5)
The death in 2022 of an inmate who sustained countless bed bug bites made the jail conditions an international story.
Labat forced the resignations of top-tier management at the Rice Street facility.
The sheriff said he has been told that the rank and file feared coming to him to reveal how bad the situation had become because they did not want to go over the heads of their bosses.