Cell Blocked

knox county detention facility

Cell Blocked

Sheriff Spangler shows the jail’s cramped quarters to county commissioners and makes his case for expansion.

by jesse fox mayshark • october 11, 2018

game tables in a common area at a women's section of the knox county jail go mostly unused.

Sheriff Tom Spangler had a simple message for County Mayor Glenn Jacobs and the five members of Knox County  Commission who visited the county’s primary jail and intake center on Wednesday.
A simple message with a hefty price tag: The sheriff wants more cells.
“It’s growing,” he said of the inmate population at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility. “We’ve got to deal with it, we’ve got to do something.”
The something Spangler has in mind is also pretty simple, if costly: Build more cells.
With the detention center built to accom...

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