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Lockdowns put county at risk

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

Last Wednesday morning, there were 1,209 inmates under Knox County’s jurisdiction – 188 in the downtown jail, 929 in the Roger Wilson Detention Center on Maloneyville Road and 92 on work release, according to a report the sheriff’s office is required to compile. Another six inmates were “on loan” to other counties where they have legal issues.

Inmates in the Maloneyville facility often are locked down in their cells 23 hours a day, not because of bad behavior, but because of understaffing. Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones and his staff did not respond to requests for information for this story.

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