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A state agency is recommending the Rutherford County Jail not be re-certified after two inspections in the past three months.

The Tennessee Corrections Institute, which conducts inspections of jails in the state, said it would recommend at its December Board of Control meeting to decertify the jail.

The agency did an inspection of the jail on Sept. 12, which was unannounced. A follow-up inspection scheduled on Nov. 8 found some deficiencies still in place.

According to the TCI, typically more than half of the facilities do not pass its initial inspections, which are random and unannounced throughout the year. The agency said only seven facilities have not received certification in 2016 with 80 having received certification.


READ: September jail inspection report | November jail inspection report


According to the report, inspectors found that restraint chair logs and suicide logs reflected that checks of inmates were not being conducted within the 15 minute standard in both visits in September and November.

The inspectors also noted the sheriff’s office was undergoing a special audit by the Tennessee Comptroller’s office to determine compliance with the hygiene section of the report. This concerns commissary items that inmates can purchase. This information will be provided to the Board of Control when completed.

According to the TCI, among the actions related to decertification can are increased insurance costs, potential federal lawsuits filed by inmates, immediate loss of any pending governmental contracts related to the housing of state or federal inmates and those inmates being removed from the facility.

This year wasn't the first time multiple deficiencies were found at the jail.

In June 2015, inspectors found at least 10 major deficiencies which led to an August re-inspection. All items passed the follow-up inspection in August 2015.

That inspection showed logs of toxic, corrosive and flammables had not been conducted, which was repeated in the September 2016 inspection but corrected in November.


READ: June 2015 inspection report | August 2015 inspection report


In February, Tommy Thompson, the jail administrator, was fired due to "recent events" at the jail.

A series of struggles over the past year has had the Rutherford County Jail under fire. Those struggles were compounded by the suicide of two inmates.

Last October, Channel 4 reported about problems with the county’s probation program. Probationers filed a federal class action lawsuit accusing the PCC of running an extortion scheme.

The suit said PCC assessed probation fees on low-income people, then put them in jail if they could not pay.

The TCI Board of Control meets Dec. 7 in Nashville.

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