Roughly half of all Tenn. inmate COVID-19 deaths have occurred in CoreCivic prisons

Oct 2, 2020


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Tennessee officials say 21 state prison inmates have died due to COVID-19 complications.

New numbers released Thursday show at least one death has occurred in eight of Tennessee’s 16 prisons.

The Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Prison reports the single largest number of fatalities. Seven inmates have died in the Nashville facility, which specializes in housing medically fragile inmates.

Ten of the 21 deaths have occurred in just three prisons. Five have died at South Central, three at Trousdale, and two at Whiteville.

All three facilities are owned and operated by the Brentwood based for-profit prison company CoreCivic.