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Beggs would not permit The AJC to see inside the jail, citing security concerns. But he gave an AJC reporter a tour of the brick facility from the outside.
Originally built in 1991, the jail can hold up to 90 detainees. Of the 50 who were being held there Wednesday, fewer than 15 were women, Beggs said. Men and women are separated from each other in the jail, which includes medium and maximum security wings. The federal government reimburses the jail for holding and transporting its detainees. On average, two-thirds of those being held there are facing federal charges.
“They get served decent meals,” said Beggs, a Lincolnton native and a veteran of the Lincoln Sheriff’s Office. “They get adequate medical care.”
Beggs said he has received up to 20 phone calls from reporters from across the country about Winner’s case.
“I don’t know anything about her background,” he said, “or really what she is charged with.”
Gary Davis, stepfather of Reality Leigh Winner, says the depiction of Winner through social media is not an “an accurate portrayal of my daughter." Winner, who lives in Augusta, Ga., is accused of leaking national security information on Russia hacking to the online publication The Intercept. (Hyosub Shin / HShin@ajc.com)