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Baltimore Public Defender's Facebook Post About Jail Conditions Goes Viral

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    An attorney in the Baltimore Office of the Public Defender has become a Facebook and media sensation after her post describing conditions in a holding cell earlier this week following the arrests of more than 200 people who were protesting the police-custody death of Freddie Gray.

    The 1,242-word post by Marci Tarrant Johnson had been shared over 28,000 times as of Friday morning.

     

    OK...here it is...I'm going to try to keep this as brief as I can, but I've been asked by several people about Central...

    Posted by Marci Tarrant Johnson on Wednesday, 29 April 2015

    Johnson said, "I really felt that this was exceptional and people should know what was going on."

    Johnson described one holding cell where women were told not to drink the water because it was "bad." There were 15 women crowded into the cell with no room for them to lie down.

    Johnson also said some of the women in the cell weren't sure they had even broken the law, but instead were caught up in a police sweep that landed them in jail.

    On Thursday, authorities released 101 people from jail without charges being filed.

    Officials with the Maryland courts didn't immediately return phone calls and email seeking comment.