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Bill would ban more items from Tennessee prisons and local jails

Andy Sher • Feb 18, 2013 at 10:55 AM

NASHVILLE — Smuggling or possessing tobacco and tattoo-making equipment at a state prison or local jail would be a crime under legislation introduced by two Hamilton County lawmakers.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, and Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, updates and adds to the list of items deemed contraband under state law. The legislation applies not only to prisoners but everyone coming into the facility.

Carter said Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, a member of the Tennessee Sheriffs' Association's legislative committee, brought the bill to the lawmakers.

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