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Tennessee Prisons Understaffed Plus Other Problems

Tennessee prisons are severely understaffed, with a vacancy rate at one prison of 61%, leading to unsafe conditions for both inmates and guards, a state audit of the prison system found.

The audit by the state comptroller’s office also found a shortage of such prisoner services as therapy, substance abuse treatment, education, and re-entry assistance. It also found problems safeguarding against sexual assault that included housing potential predators with potential victims, as well as a shortage of medical and behavioral health staff.

There is a state prison in Chattanooga and Pikeville.