The Metro Nashville Police Department issued its first citation for a mask violation on Lower Broadway on Wednesday night. They cited and arrested a 61-year-old Black homeless man, promoting immediate criticism. The charge was later dropped.
The Nashville Community Bail Fund has been working in overdrive to release people from jail since the coronavirus started spreading. By May, the organization’s money had nearly dried up. But the nationwide protests have spurred a flood of donations.
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.
Many people arrested in Davidson County are not in the room when a judge sets their bail. That’s according a report released last week by a group of Nashville activists who want the city to change the way it jails people before trial.
Listen / Some activists say Nashville’s new pre-trial release program, which aims to increase the number of low-income defendants released without having to pay bail, is not doing enough to keep poor people from waiting behind bars. They’re responding by organizing a “bail out” this weekend, part of a national campaign to get black moms […]