The Hamilton County Jail underwent inspections on Thursday by the Tennessee Corrections Institute and the United States Marshal’s Service and passed both inspections, officials said.
These are yearly inspections that cover the facility and include safety and security of inmates and the staff, health and well-being of the inmates as well as medical services provided, cleanliness and sanitation. Also inspected was the jail kitchen where all food served to inmates is prepared.
Sheriff Jim Hammond said, "I am extremely proud of the Corrections Staff for their hard work and dedication as it is the goal of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office to maintain the highest of standards to better serve the citizens of Hamilton County."
A number of grand juries has called for replacement of the jail, which was erected at Walnut and Sixth Street in 1976. It was originally used for both courts and a jail.