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

Statement from Sheriff Daron Hall regarding proposed legislation ending prison privatization:

July 2, 2020
Statement from Sheriff Daron Hall regarding proposed legislation ending prison privatization:
“I have always said if the city wants the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) to assume operation of the Metro Detention Center in an effort to end privatization of this prison, that could happen under two conditions: 1.) DCSO has the money to operate it effectively and, 2.) enough time to ensure a proper transition. After several discussions with the state of Tennessee, I am confident the budget impact to Metro government is minimal aside from a $5 million start-up cost. Additionally, under the proposed legislation, the date for the sheriff’s office to begin operation of MDF is July 2022; giving the DCSO an adequate transition period.
It’s important to point out this change would be a philosophical one, not performance based. We have monitored this contract for more than 25 years and Core Civic has consistently met contractual requirements.”

See original here: Sheriff’s Statement regarding Privatization Legislation

Sheriff’s Office Operational Changes Due to COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT

SHERIFF’S OFFICE OPERATIONAL CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19

Recent outbreak at Correctional Development Center-Male creates need to shift resources
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Last week, the Nashville-Davidson County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO)
saw a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases at the Correctional Development
Center-Male, 5113 Harding Place. This has prompted Sheriff Daron Hall to shift internal
resources. Beginning Sunday, 20 warrant officers and 10 Correctional Services Division officers
will be assigned to correctional posts.
Orders of protection and emergency orders service will not be affected. Service of other civil
warrants and bulk item pick-up will be considerably delayed. Additionally, inmate movement to
court is halted until further notice. Hall asks for patience as his agency deals with this
unprecedented situation and plans to evaluate these changes and make necessary adjustments on
a weekly basis.
“These decisions are not made lightly and I understand there will be inconveniences; however,
we must continue safe and secure operation of our institutions while also working to contain this
outbreak,” Hall said. “COVID-19 is having an impact on our employees and we must redirect
officer resources to ensure continued appropriate staffing. At the same time, we need to decrease
the possibility of further exposure by limiting inmate movement to emergency situations.”
Latest numbers show 180 inmates testing positive with an additional 360 inmates on COVID
restriction. Twenty-four DCSO employees are now testing positive with 42 tests results pending.
Ten days ago, there was one inmate testing positive, 103 on restriction, and 22 inmates had
recovered. At the same time, zero staff was positive and 11 had recovered.
The DCSO continues to coordinate with the Metro Public Health Department regarding COVID19 testing, medical housing of inmates, and staff safety guidelines.
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Read here: COVID-19 Staffing Shift

COVID-19 Cluster at DCSO Facility

For Immediate Release:

COVID-19 CLUSTER AT DAVIDSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE FACILITY IN SOUTHEAST NASHVILLE

Health Department plans testing tomorrow of inmates and staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Public Health Department (MPHD) notified the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) of 48 inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 at the Correctional Development Center-Male (CDM), 5113 Harding Place. Monday, the DCSO reported one positive inmate and 103 on housing restriction. The 48 new positive cases were part of the restriction numbers reported yesterday and have been in medical isolation since June 15. As a result of this cluster of positive tests, the MPHD plans to test all 502 inmates and approximately 100 staff at the CDM beginning tomorrow.

All COVID-19 testing, medical housing of inmates, and staff guidelines are at the direction of the MPHD.

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Sheriff Daron Hall Working To Reduce Jail Population During COVID-19 National Public Health Emergency

SHERIFF DARON HALL WORKING TO REDUCE JAIL POPULATION DURING
COVID-19 NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY
Criminal justice system leaders must continue to reduce number of inmates in Davidson County jails as they balance public health and public safety

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville-Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall announced today he has initiated plans to reduce the number of inmates in sheriff’s office custody. Those include expansion of pre-trial release (PTR) criteria and elimination of the work release program. PTR participants are expected to double over the next few days and all work release inmates are being furloughed immediately.

“Additionally, I am working with Chief Public Defender Martesha Johnson by providing her lists of medically high-risk individuals who may qualify for release, including pregnant inmates,” Hall said. “As sheriff, I am working to reduce the number of individuals in our custody and it’s imperative all criminal justice leaders do the same.”

While many in the system work toward necessary releases, misdemeanor arrests have increased over the past two weeks. Hall emphasized in these unprecedented times, we must take bold action and the system cannot continue to operate under a “business as usual” mindset.

“As stated last week, we fully expect to have COVID-19 positive cases in our facilities. It’s critical we reduce the inmate population now. As criminal justice leaders we need to take action because of the serious impact this virus will have on sheriff’s office staff and inmates.” Hall concluded.

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Sheriff Hall Announces Procedural Changes for Entering DCSO Facilities

DCSO Employees –

As you might imagine, we are working to keep our pulse on the latest information circulating about COVID-19 or Coronavirus. I need you to keep an eye on the Monitor while at work and social media, when home, for announcements/decisions leadership is making – because much of it involves you.

Beginning Thursday at 3 p.m., all employees, vendors, or others who walk through checkpoint will have their temperature taken by a DCSO staff member (infrared/no touch thermometer). This includes attorneys. If an individual’s temperature is 100 degrees or above, he/she will be refused entry into the facility.

Each facility has detailed post instructions for the employee checking the temperatures, instructions for the Lt. should someone register 100 or above, and a document that will be provided to any person who is denied entry due to a fever. We anticipate a version of this procedure will be in place at all DCSO locations/divisions by next week.

I ask each of you to remain vigilant in facility/personal space sanitation as health officials continue to emphasize:

  • Wash your hands;
  • Clean your work space;
  • Practice social distancing when possible;
  • Cover your mouth and nose (not with your hands) when coughing or sneezing;
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth;
  • Stay home if you are sick.

Thanks for all you are doing to keep our agency operating during this time of national and local crisis.

Be safe and well,

Sheriff Daron Hall

NEWS RELEASE: Sheriff Announces Operational Changes To Reduce Coronavirus Exposure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     CONTACT: Karla West

03132020                   615.862.8235

SHERIFF DARON HALL ANNOUNCES OPERATIONAL CHANGES TO REDUCE CORONAVIRUS EXPOSURE
Priority is making staff and inmate environment as safe as possible

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville-Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall announced Friday he has implemented changes to reduce the chances of Davidson County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) employees and inmates being exposed to Coronavirus, COVID-19. Those changes, all beginning Monday, include non-essential, non-public safety employees working from home, video visitation for inmates (exception made for attorneys), and volunteer programs are suspended until further notice. Clergy may schedule video visits.

In a correctional environment, cleaning measures are always of utmost importance; however, DCSO understands these are unique times and is taking extra cleaning measures to ensure safety of both staff and inmates. Center for Disease Control posters are hanging in all facilities and inmate housing areas indicating how to stop the spread of germs and how to recognize symptoms. Personal protective equipment is available for staff and leadership is emphasizing: Wash Your Hands.

“At this point, we have not had any employees or inmates present with symptoms, but we anticipate that happening,” Hall said. “Although we are a microcosm of the community, our population is high risk for communicable diseases. We are working closely with the health care provider, contracted through the health department. Any housing decisions, when it comes to presumptive cases will be directed by medical staff.”

 The Day Reporting Program and DUI Safety School, located at 1417 Murfreesboro Pike, will suspend programming until further notice. Additionally, those required to self-report and serve “weekend time” will be credited for their time upon arrival, then immediately released. Individuals who received a citation and are scheduled to report for booking at the Justice A.A. Birch Building, should not report. In conjunction with court closures, this process will be closed until April 13. Hall hopes these procedures assist in limiting exposure and is exploring alternatives to decrease the number of incarcerated.

 “Over the past couple of days, I have been in conversation with various Nashville criminal justice leaders regarding the reduction of our overall inmate population. Some ideas we are considering include releasing medically, high-risk inmates, releasing those approaching the end of their sentence, and expanded use of citations in lieu of physical arrests. 

According to Hall, DCSO’s correctional leadership remains networked on a national level regarding COVID-19 trends and actions necessary to limit exposure. They have participated in numerous conference calls on this subject to stay informed and watched a webinar earlier today.

Finally, in an effort to create “social distancing,” upcoming DCSO-sponsored events that bring large crowds of employees together have been postponed until further notice.

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NEWS RELEASE: Inmate Death

MEDIA ADVISORY
March 13, 2020

At approximately 11:46 a.m., officers responded to the Hill Detention Center cell of inmate Drew Stennett, 32. Upon arrival, he was found unresponsive. A code green was called and correctional staff initiated CPR immediately. Stennett, who was seen by medical earlier today
and medically screened during the booking process, was transported to Nashville General Hospital at Meharry and pronounced deceased at 12:27 p.m.

He was arrested and booked Thursday on a probation violation with an arrest history of Driving Under the Influence, driving on a suspended license, and aggravated assault.

The investigation is ongoing and foul play is not suspected. Coronavirus is also not suspected. Autopsy and toxicology reports are pending.

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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