More Inmates Than Beds in Overcrowded Madison County Jail

At the Madison County Criminal Justice Center, overcrowding has become such an issue that 40 inmates now share a cell meant for 32, with some sleeping on floor mats instead of beds, The Jackson Sun reports. The jail has failed to meet the Tennessee Correction Institute’s minimum standards since 2014 due to capacity issues. Plans to build an extension have been underway for two years, with $30 million earmarked for the project by the Madison County Commission in March. But if the problem proceeds, in a worst-case scenario, the jail could face a federal injunction.
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