Three men incarcerated at a private prison about 50 miles outside Nashville have been charged with crimes — some as serious as murder. All three were indicted last week and have been transferred to Riverbend Maximum Security Prison.
Terry Deshawn Childress’ death marked the 17th homicide in a Tennessee prison in the past five years. All but three of those deaths occurred at private facilities, even though they house only about a third of the state’s prisoners.
Prison deaths in Tennessee increased by nearly 60% in 2020, compared to the prior year. But COVID-19 directly accounted for only about half of them.
Last night’s presidential debate thrust Belmont University into the national spotlight. And as protesters crowded the sidewalks outside campus, many students took the opportunity to protest their own college. Some students say they want Belmont to take a stronger stand on social issues.
A group wants Belmont to divest from CoreCivic, a for-profit prison company with close ties to the school and the Republican Party. It plans to hold a demonstration near campus Thursday, before the presidential debate.
A new round of mass testing at Tennessee prisons has uncovered small outbreaks at several state-run facilities. The Department of Correction says about 400 people who were swabbed last week have come back positive so far.
The Tennessee Department of Correction is launching another round of mass testing after more than 1,100 people tested positive at a private prison this week.
Another round of mass testing has uncovered nearly 1,000 cases of the coronavirus at a Tennessee prison, with more results coming. CoreCivic, which manages the facility, says nearly all are asymptomatic. But prisoners’ loved ones say they’re hearing a different story.
More than one-third of the 460 men and women at a private prison in Nashville have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent weeks. But the outbreak has not been publicized because a special agreement between the state, Metro and CoreCivic has left the facility in a sort of transparency limbo.
In just over a month, the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office will take over a local prison that’s been privately run since it was built nearly three decades ago. Under pressure from councilmembers and activists, CoreCivic decided to cut its contract short. Now, the sheriff is scrambling to get ready for some major changes.