The head of Tennessee’s prison system says the number of unfilled correctional officer positions has reached an “all-time high.” Many facilities were already severely understaffed. Now, officials say the pandemic has made recruitment even harder.
Prisons have become the latest hot spot for the coronavirus in Tennessee. Officials announced Monday that more than 170 positive results have been confirmed at four correctional facilities. But only a fraction of the prison population is being tested.
The Tennessee Department of Correction has identified technology to solve many of the issues found by the State Comptroller. The report released Friday has 18 negative findings questioning prison management.
Listen / State lawmakers once again questioned Correction officials about the conditions of Tennessee’s largest prison. A year ago, a state audit found that Trousdale Turner Correctional Facility in Hartsville was understaffed and mishandling complaints by inmates.