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For Immediate Release: April 10, 2024

In Atlanta, Inaction Leads to the Third Jail Death of 2024

ATLANTA- On April 10th, it was reported that 20-year-old Travis Landrey was found dead in his cell at the Rice Street Jail. In response, Color Of Change released the following statement from Michael Collins, Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs:

“We want to express our deepest condolences to the family and the friends of Travis Landrey. Three deaths to date in 2024. We cannot become numb to this horrifying reality. The Fulton County Jail system is deadly, inhumane, and consistently comprises the safety of incarcerated individuals. Inaction from Sheriff Labat and District Attorney Willis has created a lethal atmosphere in the jails, one that strips incarcerated individuals of their human dignity, of their safety, and of their futures outside of Atlanta’s criminal legal system. The conditions in the jail are killing Atlantans at rates unrivaled across the country. For the headlines to stop, we need an end to cash bail, we need the backlog of cases cleared, and we need a total overhaul of safety and security protocol. Our jails are overcrowded and ill-managed, and the consequences of these breaches of public safety lay squarely on the shoulders of those incarcerated in Atlanta. The time for action is now – without these measures, we will continue to lose lives to Fulton County’s infamously deadly jail system.”


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