In an effort to reduce chances of exposure to COVID-19, inmate visits will be video only. Exception: attorney visits.
Click here for full information on scheduling video visitation.

The Citation Booking Office will be closed until Monday 07/06/2020. Click on the links for the revised booking dates: EnglishSpanish

Officer and Employee of the Month

Earlier today we held our monthly meeting honoring our Officer and Employee of the Month honorees. Congratulations to Officer Walton Robinson (15 years) and Case Manager Debra Dixon (29.5 years). Kudos to these two for their dedication and hard work.

Sheriff Daron Hall also issued our Exceptional Service Ribbon to several officers for their actions while in the Justice A.A. Birch Building! Their timely response and immediate actions are credited for saving the lives of two individuals in crisis!

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Community Partners Orientation

UPDATE, MARCH 2020: Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Community Partners Orientation is postponed until further notice.

The orientation for new Community Partners is held every 4th Tuesday of each month. Orientations are held at:

Sheriff’s North Complex

612 W Due West Ave, Madison, TN 37115

Time: 6pm

Community Partners are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Thomas Hunter at 615-862-8269 ext. 76025

Officer and Employee of the Month

Congratulations to our Officer of the Month Corporal Shaquetta Branch! Cpl. Branch was nominated by her peers for her awareness and thorough searches during the intake process that prevents drugs from entering the facility!

Kudos to our Employee of the Month Stanford Woods! Nominated by his peers for taking the extra steps needed to ensure safe and orderly facility operations. While searching inmate mail, he located (later identified as Suboxone strips) compressed in the stack of paperwork.

Program Director Paul Mulloy & Work Release Monitor Michael Stratton both received our Exceptional Service coin for their lifesaving actions. They worked together to perform the Heimlich maneuver, and the object that was restricting individual’s breathing was successfully removed!

For their above and beyond efforts during the Last Minute Toy Store, Sheriff Hall recognized Ruby Joyner (Facility Administrator) and Sarah Ferrin (Training). They put in long hours during the event to maximize the holiday season for more than 2,000 families and 6,000 children.

Job well done to these three! Sgt. Witkus, Lt. Dial, and Lt. Conrad for their preparation/training efforts in opening the new Downtown Detention Center. They were also instrumental in identifying, and capturing the individual responsible for stealing security keys.

Each month we nominate a Super Tweeter! This person through any form of social media is our foremost online advocate and helps us spread the word about the great work being done by our officers/staff! Congratulations to our newest #SuperTweeter, Solomon Holley!

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NEWS RELEASE: Criminal Justice Advocate Alex Friedmann Arrested

The criminal justice advocate and managing editor of Prison Legal News charged with attempted burglary for actions at the new Downtown Detention Center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville-Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall announced Sunday Alex Friedmann, 50, a longtime criminal justice advocate and managing editor of Prison Legal News is free on bond after being charged with attempted burglary, evidence tampering, and possession of burglary tools. He was arrested Saturday at the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) Downtown Detention Center (DDC) after entering the building fraudulently. The newly constructed, 762-bed, maximum security facility is in its final stages of completion and does not currently house inmates.

On Monday, December 30, DCSO lieutenants were in the DDC control room and noticed a set of keys with a ring that looked different from the others. After an audit, it was confirmed two facility keys were missing. Upon reviewing video surveillance, an individual dressed like a construction worker wearing a yellow vest and dust mask and matching the description of Friedmann, was seen spray painting around the key control room door. He entered the room and placed a key ring in his pocket, left the DDC through the front lobby, returned two hours later, and replaced the keys, again with two missing. It was also discovered he previously entered the building under false pretenses on at least three other occasions.

At approximately 1 p.m. Saturday, deputies monitoring the DDC cameras noticed an individual entering DDC who matched the description of the suspect from the December 30 incident. The individual, later determined to be Friedmann, was detained in an area of the DDC until Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) officers arrived. An igloo cooler Friedmann carried into the facility contained bolt cutters, a key chit (used in corrections as a security measure to identify keys), and a document identified as schematics of the DDC. Friedman was also seen on video trying to destroy this document by “ripping it and chewing it up” according to the affidavit.

“The seriousness of Mr. Friedmann’s charges cannot be ignored. His actions have placed the safety and security of our entire community in peril, not to mention DCSO staff and inmates,”Hall said. “There are many items of value in a $200 million facility that can be stolen if your motivation is profit. There is only one reason for these sinister acts and that is to compromise our ability to maintain a secure facility and that is unconscionable and dangerous for everyone.”

The investigation is ongoing and DCSO will continue to work in cooperation with MNPD.


Editor’s Note: Security surveillance video will not be released in accordance with state law.

Last Minute Toy Store 2019

The Last Minute Toy Store event is underway! Day 1 saw the DCSO provide toys for Christmas for 2,049 children, a one-day record! Thanks to all who helped provide Christmas for area children in need. To learn more, visit

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Ticket distribution Wednesday; shopping Thursday, Friday, Saturday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville-Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall announced Monday the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) is, once again, partnering with the Last Minute Toy Store (LMTS) and ticket distribution will begin Wednesday. This service is provided for Davidson County residents who are not receiving assistance from any other charitable organization. According to Hall, it brings joy to families and volunteers alike.

“We are thrilled about our third year of partnership with the Last Minute Toy Store. In 2018, we provided toys, books, stocking stuffers, and other holiday items for more than 5,500 children who,
otherwise, would have had nothing on Christmas morning,” Hall said. “Anyone who came out last year to donate or volunteer can tell you what an impact the store can have on all involved. We saw parents coming out of the store after getting their shopping tickets in tears and it’s meaningful to our volunteers; knowing they are making a difference. The sheriff’s office is proud to be part
of this unique and meaningful event.”

Ticket distribution is scheduled for Wednesday 4 – 7 p.m. at the DCSO Service Center, 5117 Harding Place. Each ticket will have a date/time to return for shopping on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis, and the store is conveniently located on WeGo Public Transit route 52B. When returning for shopping participants
should provide the following:

• Photo identification;
• Proof of Davidson County residency (utility bill, rent receipt, etc.);
• Official documentation showing name and date of birth for each child (birth certificate,
government assistance card or letter, shot record, etc.);
• Proof of income (pay stub, unemployment/government assistance/separation from work documentation,

LMTS President Dale Robble, who has helped coordinate the LMTS effort for years said, “In 2017, we began this new partnership and had no idea it would be such an overwhelming success. It exceeded our expectations and we feel truly blessed to continue working with the sheriff’s office to, literally, provide Christmas for thousands of children,” Robble said. “As successful as we were
last year, that can’t continue without the support of our community. I hope you will take time this week to drop off a donation or go to our website to donate through Amazon and help a child in

Toys and $20 gift cards for teens are being accepted at the DCSO Service Center 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. until Wednesday, December 18. Donations may also be dropped at the DCSO administration
building downtown, 506 Second Avenue North, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

“It is the season of giving and helping those who are less fortunate.” Hall said. If you are looking for a charitable organization to assist this holiday season, I hope you will make it the
Last Minute Toy Store. Many families won’t have gifts for their kids without your generosity.” Hall added.

If you need more information, please visit


NEWS RELEASE: 101st Airborne Assisting LMTS Friday!

December 10, 2019

CONTACT:  Karla West

The Last Minute Toy Store (LMTS), scheduled to distribute shopping tickets Wednesday, December 18, will get a few extra Santa helpers Friday. Approximately 40 soldiers from the 101st Airborne
Division will assist Davidson County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) personnel and other volunteers sort toys, set-up shelving, and decorate the toy store.

WHO? DCSO employees, LMTS volunteers, and 101st Airborne Division soldiers

WHAT? Preparing the LMTS for the big shopping rush next week (over 5,000 kids helped in 2018)

WHEN? Friday, December 13, 8 a.m.

WHERE? DCSO Service Center, 5117 Harding Place

In addition, toy donations and $20 gift cards for teens will be accepted at this location beginning Saturday, December 14, through December 18, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information on how to get tickets, volunteering, or donating go to

Editor’s Note: More information to come next week regarding the mentioned ticket distribution and shopping days, December 19 – 21.

Nashville Christmas Parade

Officers, staff, and families took part in the 66th Annual Nashville Christmas Parade. THANK YOU Nashville for another great year and we wish you all a happy holiday season!

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Officer and Employee of the Month

Earlier we held our monthly meeting honoring our Officer and Employee of the Month winners. Congratulations to Warrant Officer Danny Newman (31 years) and from DCSO Programs, Education Coordinator Rebecca Young (4 years). Kudos to these two for their dedication and hard work. Also honored were Warrant Officers Rodney Kelly and DeQuan Adams, who both received our Outstanding Service Ribbon! Their work while serving civil process leads the confiscation of $38,000, 5.25 ounces pure cocaine, and 21 grams marijuana. (Officer Adams not pictured)

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Class 409-19 Graduation

Congratulations to Cadet Class 409-19 on their graduation from the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy! Family, friends, and coworkers were in attendance to celebrate their achievements throughout the academy and to witness the swearing-in of the 24 officers by Sheriff Daron Hall.

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