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Thursday, June 06, 2019

State inmates contribute to jail overcrowding
Hundreds of state inmates are serving sentences in county jails, contributing to overcrowding issues that have some officers concerned about their safety. That is what is happening in Cocke County. A report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations found that as the state's felon population has increased, more inmates are remaining in local jails that often lack the resources to support them. Jails are losing their certification, but the certification may not be removed solely because a local jail is overcrowded as the result of state prisoners. Tennessee Department of Corrections data indicates many jails are over capacity because they are housing state inmates. TDOC Legislative Liaison and Staff Attorney Torrey Grimes said it is a challenge to balance the needs of 95 counties while also prioritizing the placement of inmates that may be dangerous or have extensive medical needs. He said the state is better suited to deal with these prisoners. A 2017 report found Tennessee relies on local jails to house prisoners more than most other states.

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