Lawmakers Want to Review Prison Population Study

The Senate State & Local Government Committee asked correction officials to pause their work with the Vera Institute of Justice, a think tank focused on the criminal justice system. The institute has proposed studying the state's rising prison population, with a goal of finding ways to slow its growth, the Tennessean reports. The study would be done at no cost to the state, but senators said they would prefer to put off the work until the Senate Judiciary Committee and other panels with oversight of the department could review the arrangement.