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A federal judge has accepted a joint motion to dismiss 23 court orders regarding the treatment of the inmates at the Morgan County Jail.
In a ruling today, District Judge Abdul Kallon accepted a proposal from the Southern Center for Human Rights and attorneys for the county and sheriff’s office agreeing there was no evidence the specific provisions were necessary to protect the inmates’ federal rights.
The dropped provisions deal with a range of issues, including required physical inspections by jailers, the establishment of a law library, training for jailers, monthly cleaning of jail, and a requirement that the temperature be maintained between 65 and 85 degrees.
Most provisions regarding inmate health care, nutrition and review of use of force by jailers were not dropped by the order. They are due to be considered during a hearing on Oct. 4 and 5.
Kallon previously dropped an order barring the sheriff from keeping leftover jail food money as personal income but held Sheriff Ana Franklin in contempt for taking $160,000 from the fund before that order was dropped. Franklin returned the money before Kallon ruled on the money.
Blogger comments: This is actually good news. The Southern Center for Human Rights and the local mouthpieces have cleared the decks of all the extraneous, piddly issues. Now the judge can concentrate on the most important issues as noted in the bold print above.