Carter County Jail passes TCI inspection

John Thompson • Jul 23, 2018 at 7:38 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department has reported that inspectors from the Tennessee Corrections Institute inspected the Carter County Detention Center last Thursday and found no deficiencies.

The sheriff’s department said inspectors from the Tennessee Corrections Institute were on site for two days and found the facility met all standards.

This inspection came a few weeks after an initial inspection by TCI in which several areas were listed as areas to be resolved.

That first inspection, with the areas in need of correction, became a topic of debate in the upcoming Aug. 2 Carter County General Election.

Steve Stevenson, independent candidate for sheriff, used the findings of the first jail inspection to criticize Republican sheriff Dexter Lunceford.

Lunceford said he never doubted the jail would pass inspection.

“It’s common to have an initial inspection and a secondary inspection from the TCI,” Lunceford said. “Our jail has passed every year.”

Lunceford called the jail one of the most progressive in the region.

“We are fortunate to have one of the few jails in our area that is not overpopulated,” Lunceford said. “We’ve installed an X-ray machine that has greatly reduced contraband in the jail. We are also implementing wireless security measures and a mobile log system to save time and increase accuracy in our record keeping.”

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