Sullivan Officials to Consider Beefing up Jail Staff

Sullivan County commissioners are tonight scheduled to consider hiring an additional 20 jail employees to staff the overcrowded county jail, the Kingsport Times News reports. “We’ve been over 100 percent capacity since 2011,” Lee Carswell, administrator of the Sullivan Country jail said. “And right now, safety and security of the officers is paramount.” The jail, opened in 1987 to house 619 people, held 935 individuals on Wednesday morning.

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