TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Jan 12, 2021

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond on Monday addressed allegations of prisoner mistreatment at the Silverdale Detention Center, the Chattanoogan reports. The county assumed control of the facility from CoreCivic in late December. In the weeks since the transition, reports have surfaced of prisoners not being fed, not receiving medical attention and being excessively tased and maced. Hammond denied those allegations, saying most of the detainees don’t like that there’s a “new sheriff in town.” He did acknowledge that his office has “clamped down” on “things that were going on” at the facility and have performed a number of “shakedowns” on prisoners. Hamond said reports of prisoners going without food were false, with the only exception being those who have court or those being transported to another jail.