General-Solo-Small Firm Practitioners Section

This section provides its members with programs designed to further the professionalism, prestige and effectiveness of the practitioner. Members receive notice of legislation and other issues affecting them through the section’s newsletter.

The Powers Law Firm
79 N. Main Street
Crossville, TN 38555
Belmont University College of Law
P.O. Box 120186
Nashville, TN 37212
Immediate Past Chair
None -- Retired
204 Anderson Tinch Ave
Jamestown, TN 38556
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

'Second Look Sentencing' Bill Would Allow Review of Inmates Serving 10+ Years

New Jersey U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker on Wednesday introduced legislation intended to give federal prisoners a chance at early release, NBC News reports. The bill, known as the Second Look Act, seeks to build on the First Step Act — last year’s bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, which was the most comprehensive update to the system in around three decades. In its current iteration, the Second Look Act would enable individuals sentenced to more than 10 years imprisonment and who have served at least 10 years to petition a court to be released, create a rebuttable presumption of release for petitioners who are 50 years of age or older, establish factors for courts to consider regarding community reentry and mandate the United States Sentencing Commission issue an annual public report detailing efficacy of the law.

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Rutherford Adult Detention Center Facing Another Bunk-Related Lawsuit

The Rutherford County Adult Detention Center (RCADC) is facing another lawsuit involving its bunk beds and denial of medical treatment, the Daily News Journal reports. A federal lawsuit, filed pro se by Angelo Gleaves, maintains that he was injured after his top bunk fell because it was improperly secured, leading to dizziness, pain and migraines. Gleaves also contends that when he notified jail staff of his injuries, he was taunted, denied treatment and suffered physical abuse by employees. A similar lawsuit was filed in April against RCADC by another inmate who was paralyzed after he fell off of a top bunk, despite claims that he notified jail staff of medical conditions that prevented him from being able to use the higher bed. Gleaves seeks $100,000 from the jail and its medical provider for his injuries.

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