Judge Inspects Maury Jail for Alleged Poor Conditions

Fourteen Maury County inmates have sued Sheriff Enoch George, claiming their living conditions violate the constitutional prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. The suits allege that the jail has been negligent in its food preparation, sanitation, medical services, bed space and pest control. George gave U.S. District Court Judge William Haynes and others a tour of the jail during the pretrial conference Tuesday. Although cameras were not allowed on the tour, the Daily Herald reported standing water in front of cell doors, spider bites on inmates they claimed were left untreated, and bed mats stained with white and brownish substances. Among the judge’s biggest concerns, he said, were nutrition, hygienic needs, medical requests, overcrowding, environmental and sanitation concerns, recreation and the jail’s grievance procedure.