Recently built facility overcrowded — this time with women
By Damon Lawrence
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 12:15 am (Updated: May 15, 12:33 am)
Less than four years after it opened, the Roane County Jail is in danger of decertification.
Denise Messer, a detention facility specialist with the Tennessee Corrections Institute, inspected the jail on May 2.
“Certification cannot be recommended at this time,” Messer wrote in her report. “A reinspection will be conducted on or before July 2, 2013.”
The jail’s certified capacity is 174. The population the day of the May 2 inspection was 188.
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