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Madison County Inmate Injured In Jail Attack

By Mallory Cooke
By mcooke@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.--A Madison County inmate recovers at a Nashville hospital following an assault at the Criminal Justice Complex. The facility failed to meet state standards following a recent inspection.

“Our correctional officer saw it happening and called immediately for assistance,” said Lt. Jerry Elston, with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators confirm Frederick Booth, 20, suffered internal injuries in a fight with several other inmates around 9 p.m. Friday. Elston says Booth initially declined treatment.

“There were no visible injuries to Mr. Booth other than what was described as a small cut,” said Elston.

The next day investigators say a family member contacted a jail supervisor saying Booth needed to be checked. Deputies say this time Booth requested medical attention.

“The more people in a confined area, the more confrontation you're liable to have,” said Captain Tom Rudder, jail administrator.

According to a recent state inspection, the facility is overcrowded. A May inspection found inmates sleeping on the floor and the number of male prisoners exceeded capacity.

“We are a housing facility for the city and the county and we can't refuse anybody that comes in,” said Rudder. “The more arrests there is, the more people we’re gonna have in jail.”

Rudder says deputies check on inmates every 45 minutes. “We do everything in our power to maintain a safe and secure environment,” said Elston.

Elston says Booth refused to identify the suspects involved in the attack.

Booth faces charged for the June 8 beating death of Rico Swift. He’s charged with felony murder, especially aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, and violation of probation.