She wrote there was no evidence of “overarching practice or policy on behalf of the Fulton County Bench that would even remotely constitute a blanket refusal to consider bond modifications in light of COVID-19 or amount to categorical discrimination against defendants who have been granted cash bonds but remain in jail.”
Richardson also disputed the petitioners’ claim that conditions inside the Fulton jail constitute cruel and unusual punishment.
The judge found no “deliberate indifference” by jail officials to health concerns raised by the spread of the coronavirus.
The jail currently holds around 2,150 inmates, about 750 more than it was built to handle. Roughly 100 inmates are housed in so-called “boats” — oversized inflatable devices situated in barely shielded common areas.
Fulton sheriff spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said, as of Friday, the jail has just four active cases of COVID-19.
“Over the course of the pandemic, we’ve had 28 positives. Twenty four have recovered and/or been released,” she said.
Altogether 90 inmates have been tested, Flanagan said.