Congresswoman describes ‘tortuous lockdown,’ ‘human suffering’ in jail housing Jan. 6 prisoners

Defendants have been held in reportedly squalid conditions.

Updated: November 6, 2021 - 3:52pm

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Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene this week claimed to have witnessed nightmarish conditions on a tour of the Washington, D.C., municipal jail that holds numerous individuals charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Greene revealed the alleged crisis via Twitter on Friday after touring the jail on Thursday. “I’ve never seen human suffering like I witnessed last night,” she wrote. “While some [prisoners] were shown to us in seemingly beneficial programs, others were in tortuous lockdown.”

“Some inmates were receiving continuing education classes, others were truly suffering from long stays in solitary confinement for ‘bad behavior’,” she added, claiming: “I’ll never forget hearing their screams.”

Greene said she was eventually granted access to visit some of the prisoners from the Jan. 6 arrests. “It was like walking into a prisoner of war camp and seeing men who eyes can’t believe someone had made it in to see them,” she said. “They are suffering greatly.”

The representative said an upcoming report will “outline everything we saw in every area of the jail we were allowed to see, on behalf of all inmates.”