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Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Sep 5, 2019

Recent Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) data showed Knoxville's Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility was over capacity by 209 inmates, 10News reports. The report from the data showed that adding new space will not stop the rising number of inmates housed in the county, but that policy changes could stabilize or reduce the number of Knox County inmates. "Essentially every county across the state of Tennessee is facing an issue with overcrowding in the jail system," Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs said. "We have to look at the system and figure out alternative pathways."