TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Jun 30, 2020

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris today issued an executive order for an embargo on any new prisoners coming to the Shelby County Corrections Center and three other local prisons from any prison or detention facility outside the county, the Daily Memphian reports. The order takes effect immediately to try and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but it does not apply to the Shelby County Jail or to admissions required by state or federal law. The order comes after 820 inmates and staff members at county facilities were tested for the virus, with six inmates and 13 staffers testing positive. Harris said his administration will take “an aggressive approach to protecting the inmates in our care.” Meanwhile, WPLN reports an additional 135 inmates at the Davidson County Correctional Development Center have tested positive for the virus after it was reported last week that 48 inmates and four staffers were positive. The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office says all inmates who tested positive are asymptomatic.