TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Aug 16, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled in the case of Jason Ray, who alleged his civil rights were violated by a trial judge who did not have authority to include a 75 percent minimum jail service requirement under Tennessee law. The Court concluded that sentencing laws implicitly authorize trial courts to do so by granting trial courts broad authority to fashion appropriate sentences and by encouraging trial courts to impose sentences other than incarceration when appropriate. The Court also answered the question of whether sheriffs have a duty to challenge potentially improper jail sentences, ruling that they do not.