Escaping Justice

Number 23600
Subject Prisons
Source Tennessean (Nashville, Tenn.)
State TN
Year 2007
Publication Date 9/15-9/17
Summary This story found that failures in Tennessee's justice system allowed more than 150 prison escapees to roam free, and even break the law again. More than one-third of the escapees had no warrants identifying them as fugitives. Many were stopped by police, given traffic tickets and even arrested without ever being returned to Tennessee prisons. State corrections officials and local sheriffs disagreed over whose responsibility it is to track down escaped inmates.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 35
Keywords prison; inmates; jail; law enforcement; FOIA; state government
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