TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 10, 2015

According to data obtained by the Tennessean, as of June 30, the state prison system was operating at 98.5 percent capacity, with 95.1 percent of total beds filled. Under state law, if capacity exceeds 95 percent for more than 30 days, the Tennessee Department of Correction can ask the governor to declare an overcrowding emergency. But that does not appear likely. The department says it is not required to declare an emergency and does not believe such a declaration is necessary at this time.