Concerns over Hamblen Co. jail overcrowding continue, could end with jail closure if population isn’t reduced

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HAMBLEN COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) – An East Tennessee sheriff is afraid his county’s jail could close if its prison population isn’t cut.

WATE 6 On Your Side has been following concerns of overcrowding at the Hamblen County Jail for years now.

Sheriff Esco Jarnigan releasing a statement online today saying in part, “The state Fire Marshall advised that the jail’s population will be reduced or an “order” may be forthcoming. This “order” could force jail closure.”


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