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The Tennessee Department of Correction is getting another year to show improvement. Officials voted to reauthorize the state agency for 12 more months after a scathing audit last month highlighted severe staffing and safety concerns at several private prisons. The state agency oversees more than 20,000 inmates. About one third of them are housed in facilities managed by CoreCivic, a private contractor formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America.
The city’s top prosecutor and top public defender don't agree on what bail reform might look like in Nashville. The two legal officials presented their views at a public forum this week. Money bail has been a recurring topic for proponents of criminal justice reform who say it keeps poor citizens in jail longer than necessary, and recently some have singled out Davidson County for its bail policies.
For the first time, there is no Christmas tree adorning Veronica Zavaleta’s usually festive home. “Right now we are in limbo,” says Zavaleta. “I can’t even prepare for Christmas. I don’t have the Christmas spirit in me.”She pauses. Then adds, “I don’t want to set up my last Christmas tree.”She says it is too painful to imagine this could be the last holiday with her two teenage sons, whose work permits through DACA expire next year.
TDOC oversees over 20,000 inmates— about 1/3 are housed in facilities ran by CoreCivic, a private contractor formerly known as CCA. Inmates, family and even former guards have called out conditions inside prisons like Trousdale Turner Correctional Center. https://t.co/QOZ6CGyA9q
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Selecting a term
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Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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