Pregnancy testing. Advice on healthy eating. Postpartum care. These are some of the services that Tennessee jails and prisons are now required to offer the state’s growing population of female inmates. That’s thanks to a new bill (SB 1839/HB 1651), passed by the legislature last week.
Mass testing at two Tennessee prisons has uncovered nearly 2,000 cases of the coronavirus behind bars so far.
A 67-year-old man who was incarcerated at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center and tested positive for COVID-19 has died. The Tennessee Department of Correction said in a press release that the man was taken to the hospital on April 25 for an assessment and tested positive while hospitalized. He died Monday morning, at 1:20 a.m. […]
More than half of inmates at Tennessee’s largest prison have now tested positive for the coronavirus, in one of the biggest hotspots in the country. But amid the testing and quarantining of inmates, those with loved ones behind bars say it’s been nearly impossible to get information.
Reentering society after a lengthy prison sentence is difficult even in the best of times. But these days, it’s harder than usual. Jobs are scarce, resources are limited, and support systems have been forced apart. Those leaving prison are finding that adjusting back to “normal” life isn’t an option right now.
After a third round of mass testing over the weekend, the Tennessee Department of Correction reports 170 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 at four prisons throughout the state.
Nicholas Sutton thanked his family, friends and God before he was executed by electric chair Thursday night. Sutton was sentenced to death in 1986 for killing a fellow inmate while in prison for three other murders he committed as a teen. Sutton is the seventh person executed in Tennessee since the end of a nine-year […]
Gov. Bill Lee announced Wednesday that he won’t intervene in Nicholas Sutton’s scheduled execution Thursday. Sutton will likely die in the electric chair Thursday night for killing a fellow inmate in January of 1985. That’s after more than a dozen people asked the governor to let Sutton spend the rest of his life in prison. […]
Exactly four years ago, a struggling town in Middle Tennessee became home to the largest prison in the state. Since then, the private facility owned by CoreCivic has been plagued by chronic staffing shortages and unsafe conditions.
Gov. Bill Lee’s criminal justice reform task force unveiled 23 policy recommendations Thursday afternoon. The suggestions range from expanding educational opportunities in prison to rewriting the state’s sentencing code. Now, it’s up to lawmakers to decide which proposals will make it onto the legislative agenda.