Eight inmates and five employees at the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office have now tested positive for COVID-19.
Nearly 200 people have been freed from Nashville’s jails since the first COVID-19 case was reported in the state last month. The sheriff, public defender and district attorney are racing the clock to get as many people out as they can before COVID-19 starts spreading behind bars. And the virus has forced officials to think […]
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As the coronavirus continues to spread through Tennessee, one group is particularly vulnerable: people in jail. Many suffer underlying health conditions. Plus, they’re locked into tight quarters, often without regular access to soap or hand sanitizer. Law enforcement officials are now grappling with how to balance public safety and public health.
Nashville’s Juvenile Court is making major management changes after four teens escaped from its detention center late last year. The CEO of the company that runs the facility told Metro Council members Thursday night that he was “ashamed” and that they’ve “tightened the ship.” But some council members say they’re still not convinced it’s enough.
A recent break-in at Nashville’s newly constructed Downtown Detention Center could delay the opening planned for this month.
Listen / Mayor David Briley, who was sworn in last night to succeed Megan Barry, has not yet said whether he’ll try to hold onto the office. But with a short sprint scheduled to the August special election, there aren’t many people who could mount a challenge.