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TDOC Begins Evacuations

Monday, May 03, 2010 | 11:27am

NASHVILLE - The Department of Correction has begun the process of evacuating more than 250 inmates from a Nashville prison due to flooding.  Several housing units at the Charles Bass Correctional Complex have been affected by the recent flood.

  • 114 Inmates have been moved to the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Lauderdale County.
  • Forty-six inmates have been moved to the nearby Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility.
  • Thirty-eight inmates have been transferred to the Northwest Correctional Complex in Lake County.
  • Thirty-eight inmates have been moved to the Turney Center Industrial Prison in Hickman County.
  • Twenty-three inmates have been moved to the South Central Correctional Complex in Hardeman County.

"The flooding has affected our department as it has so many businesses and homes across Tennessee," said Deputy Commissioner David G. Mills.  "We are very proud of the efforts provided by our committed staff during this very difficult time."

Several Nashville prisons had been without power on Sunday.  Service has since been restored.  No other major problems have been reported at TDOC facilities.

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