One person died and 2 others were injured in a stabbing at Fulton County Jail, where Trump and his co-defendants were booked. More than 20 people have died in custody at the facility.

Fulton County Jail entrance
24 people died in custody at Fulton County Jail over three and half years.Paras Griffin/Getty Images
  • One person died and two others were injured in a stabbing at Fulton County Jail in Atlanta Thursday.

  • In the past four years, the jail has seen at least 24 deaths in custody, Insider reported.

  • The Justice Department is also investigating the conditions inside the jail.

ATLANTA (AP) — One person died and at least two others were injured when they were stabbed Thursday at a violent and problem-plagued jail in Atlanta that is already under federal investigation, authorities said.

Fulton County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Natalie Ammons said in an email that the investigation into the stabbings at the county's main jail was "active." She did not release any other information.

Thursday's death at the jail brings to five the number of people who have died in Fulton County custody in just over a month.

A previous Insider investigation found that at least 23 people died in custody at the jail in the past three-and-a-half years.

The Fulton County Jail is also where former President Donald Trump and 18 others indicted along with him surrendered last week for booking on charges related to a scheme to overturn the results of the 2020 election in Georgia.

The facility houses about 3,000 people, according to an American Civil Liberties Union study, and has faced allegations of inhumane conditions.

"We're just letting people literally rot away there," Sarah Flack, a defense attorney in Atlanta who has represented several people incarcerated at the jail, previously told Insider.

Photos of the jail cell where Lashawn Thompson was held show squalid conditions.
Photos of the jail cell where Lashawn Thompson was held show squalid conditions.Handout from Michael Harper

The U.S. Department of Justice in July opened a civil rights investigation into jail conditions in the county, citing violence, filthy conditions, and the death last year of a man whose body was found covered in insects.

Lashawn Thompson, 35, died last September in a bedbug-infested cell in the Fulton County Jail's psychiatric wing. An independent autopsy done at his family's request found he died from severe neglect. His family has since reached a settlement with the county.

Samuel Lawrence, 34, died Saturday at Grady Memorial Hospital after he was found unresponsive in his cell at the jail. The other three people who died in the last month include 66-year-old Alexander Hawkins, 34-year-old Christopher Smith and 40-year-old Montay Stinson.

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