Tennessee law enforcement will soon have to receive more training in de-escalation and community-oriented policing techniques. The measure follows calls to slash police funding or eliminate departments altogether, but Gov. Bill Lee says those ideas are non-starters.
Nashville’s Metro Council is renewing a push to end the city’s contract with private prison operator CoreCivic, and this time they have the support of the county sheriff, who says he’s found a way to take over operations of the detention facility in South Nashville.
An additional 135 inmates at the men’s Davidson County Correctional Development Center have tested positive for the coronavirus after a round of mass testing at the minimum security jail.
Sgt. Henry Particelli gives an officers’ perspective on what it’s like to work in law enforcement amid nationwide protests against police brutality. The song is written as a message to a person killed by police.
A new initiative follows the recent groundswell of protests against systemic racism in policing, but accusations of racial bias are not new in Tennessee’s court system.
All 50 states allow some form of tougher punishments for drug sales in certain areas. Tennessee’s drug-free school zones law is one of the harshest.
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.
Calls to “defund the police” have become ubiquitous in recent weeks. But the phrase means different things for different people — from reducing spending on law enforcement to completely abolishing the police department.
Nashville’s police department is revising its use-of-force policies to explicitly ban the use of chokeholds in response to recent protests of George Floyd’s death last month in Minneapolis. The department is also telling officers they must intervene if they witness excessive force.
The Nashville People’s Budget Coalition organized a block party pushing to defund the police and put more money into social services, in the final event of a protest-packed weekend in downtown Nashville.