Move In Day Slightly Delayed For New Coffee County Jail

The new Coffee County Jail... Photo by Barry West

The new Coffee County Jail… Photo by Barry West

After a plan was put in place to start the task of moving inmates this week to the new Coffee County Jail, that process will start a little later.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has to activate the fingerprint machine and the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) hookup at the $22 million facility.
Sheriff Steve Graves says they are also working out a new standard of operation for the medical staff. The county just recently signed an operations contract with Quality Correctional Health Care for $456,000. Inmate medical costs for the current fiscal year ending June 30 are expected to end up somewhere between $1.2 and $1.5 million. Sheriff Steve Graves said in an interview on WMSR that he expects jail medical costs will come down substantially at the new facility. The two-man cell system should make things safer, cleaner, and healthier for everyone including jail staff.