Judge orders improvements at county jail in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — A U.S. judge has ordered officials in a metro Atlanta county to improve conditions at a local jail where women with mental health problems say they are subject to prolonged solitary confinement.

Judge William Ray issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday requiring Fulton County Sheriff Theodore Jackson to permit women at South Fulton jail to have one hour of recreation time and two hours of free time each day.

The judge also told Jackson and other officials to come up with a plan to provide clean cells and therapeutic activities.

An email to a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office was not immediately returned.

A lawsuit filed in April says urine and toilet water pool on the floor of cells at the jail and meals of moldy sandwich meat are common.

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