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A woman died in custody Friday at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center, according to a statement from the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman, who has not been publicly identified, died “seemingly of natural causes,” according to Glenn Daniel, sheriff’s office spokesman.

Sheriff’s office representatives are attempting to contact her family, and an investigation into the death is ongoing.

“As is always the case with ongoing investigations no further comment will be forthcoming at this time pending the report of the medical examiner and toxicology tests,” Daniel said in the statement.

The death comes as activists and other community members have raised concerns about the number of people who have died in custody. Sheriff Neil Warren recently hired a law firm to investigate conditions at the jail.

At least 49 inmates have died under Warren’s custody since he became sheriff in 2003, including eight since December 2018.

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Mike Nelson

Oh yes if we had a Democratic sheriff nobody will ever die.

Howard Peterson

Nobody would die because we wouldn't even need a jail or a sheriff for that matter!

Howard Peterson

I should have added "because with a Democrat sheriff, nobody will ever go to jail. Mob rule would prevail throughout the country, Cobb County included". Nothing could be more wrong than voting "blue" in November!!

Johanna Williams

Please reserve the space below for inane comments from

Sirhc Sivad.

Thank You.

Sirhc Sivad

"At least 49 inmates have died under Warren’s custody since he became sheriff in 2003, including eight since December 2018." Math says from 2003 to 2018, 41 inmates died yielding an annual death rate for Warren of 2.73. In the 18 months since December 2018, 8 more inmates died, yielding a death rate of 5.33. 5.33 is 1.95 of 2.73, meaning Warren's inmate death rate has nearly doubled in the last 18 months. Call it inane if you will, but a 100% jump in deaths with no explanation is a firing offense where I come from. On the other hand perhaps Warren is filling our jail with MDJ readers. Being old and decrepit, obviously they will pass at double the rate of normal inmates, so maybe there's an explanation after all. If only Warren would provide any explanation, nobody would have to conject about how many George Floyds have been perpetrated on our "behalf" by our "elected official."

Johanna Williams

@Sirhc Sivad

Sirhc Sirhc, I notice just after your name-calling vocabulary reached six words that there was a distinct improvement in your English expression, which begs the question is there more than one Sirhc Sivad? Sadly, your math skills remain at a remedial level, wrought with numerous simple arithmetic errors. However, you did make a statement which we have all been wondering about. You state, "...where you come from." Yes! Please, that is a question we have all been wanting to know. Which planet, which realm of reality, what universe, etc. do you, in fact, come from? Curious minds are eagerly awaiting your reply.

john shelton

Looks like Chris Davis spelled backwards.

Sirhc Sivad

Thank you for the compliment, Ms JoAnne, but your ad hominess regarding my math skills will get you nowhere! Where do I come from, inquiring minds want to know? I come from here. Been here since the 60s. If there's anybody Warren should represent, it's me. But he is a total failure to me. All the man has to do is, well, nothing, but he couldn't even manage that. He had to go stalk college girls, exploit children and his office for personal gain, and [whatever he did that has so many human in our care dying all the time] at the Cobb Adult Death Camp on County Services Parkway. Am I really the only person of the dozen or so who reads MDJ who does not believe death should be found on County Services?

Johanna Williams

@Sirhc Sivad

The entertainment value of your comments is priceless! Please share more.

Sirhc Sivad

Were you's guys aware Wellstar notified Cobb nearly two years ago that is was no longer going to work with the Cobb Adult Death Camp? Being the scapegoat for Warren's Deputies Gone Wild, as it turns out, does not fit with the Wellstar business model. Wellstar offered to continue serving Cobb's inmates during the transition, but as of yet, Sheriff Warren has failed to find any provider to replace Wellstar. Now why might that be? Hmmmm

Johanna Williams

@Sirhc Sivad

sirhc sirhc, Excellent! I think "Deputies Gone Wild" would make for a great TV entertainment series.

Howard Peterson

Chris, Sirhc or whatever your name is. Do you really think these alcoholics, drug addicts & people with mental problems are going to be in tip-top medical condition when incarcerated? This is a jail, not a free medical clinic! WAKE UP!!

Sirhc Sivad

I do not, but since I am awake and comprendo statistics, I do think today's incarcerated humans are in no worse condition presently than the incarcerated were during the previous decades the CADC has been in operation. The death rate at CADC nearly doubled starting in recent years, but there is no explanation as to how or why. There is also no explanation as to how or why Wellstar decided they have to get out of their contract with Sheriff Warren. People are people to Wellstar, but one can infer that by the late date of their arrival via Mr Warren's inmate delivery service, they are past their expiration date and their expiration is inevitable. If there were any local reporters left around here, maybe they would look into the how many standard deviations lower the successful inmate transports to Wellstar rate has become in recent years. If that rate is constant, perhaps Warren really is not at fault and perhaps he really did just get a bad batch of inmates. However, if successful treatments are down by greater than two standard deviations much like one way transports are up by greater than two standard deviations, then statistics may prove Warren pants to be as much in flames as everyone with one lick from the cat of sense infers them to be, despite those who look like him considering everything to be fine at the Cobb Adult Death Camp.

Johanna Williams

@Sirhc Sivad

Sirhc sirhc, The "cat of sense" you mention, is it a reality in your head and perhaps an actual pet you own, which you hold conversations with?

Howard Peterson

You are 2 standard deviations short of a load. Think about opioids, fentanyl, marijuana available on every street corner, meth, etc.!! You are trying to compare what happened a few years ago to what's happening today and you are going to lose EVERY time. I repeat, IT'S JAIL, NOT A FREE MEDICAL HEALTH CLINIC!!

Johanna Williams

Sheriff Warren lives rent-free in Sirhc Sirhc's head.

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