Overcrowded Hamblen County Jail losing certification

Overcrowded Hamblen County Jail losing certification

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MORRISTOWN (AP) - The Hamblen County Jail is losing its Tennessee Corrections Institute certification.

County Mayor Bill Brittain told the Citizen Tribune the problems are overcrowding and inadequate ventilation.

Brittain said expanding the jail is not an option.

The county may seek to lower the jail population by offering reduced sentences for certain crimes or using more house arrests.

The county also may need to find a way to vent more fresh air into the jail.

Brittain said decertification will result in higher insurance premiums for the county and could invite lawsuits.

He said the county's goal is to get the jail certified again when the Tennessee Corrections Institute inspects next year.

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