‘Unlawful Detention’

knox county detention facility

A Honduran immigrant called 911 for help. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office tried to deport her. She is challenging the legality of the county’s 287(g) program and suing for $2.5 million.

Shifting Stories

ICE officer

Shifting Stories The Knox County Law Department says that the sheriff’s immigration enforcement program complies with state law. But its arguments have varied — and have sometimes been incorrect. by jesse fox mayshark, Compassand tyler whetstone, knoxville news sentinelJune 9, 2021 (Photo courtesy of U.S. Immigration and customs enforcement) This is a joint report of Compass and the Knoxville News … Read More

Blurred Borders

Omar

The Knox County Sheriff’s 287(g) program has removed undocumented immigrants from their families and communities. But was it created legally?

287(g) Reined In

AKIN 287(g) protest 4/4/19

ICE tells Knox County Sheriff’s Office to prioritize high-risk and violent offenders in its immigration enforcement.

Documenting the Undocumented

Knox County detention facility

An immigrant rights group says data shows the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is playing a significant role in federal law enforcement.

Knox County 2020: A Primer

Knox County 2020

As we mark our 2nd anniversary, we survey what’s changed, what hasn’t and what to watch in the local political and economic landscape.

For the Records, pt. 3

Conley v. Spangler

The county Law Department reiterates its contention that the Sheriff’s Office can charge labor costs for inspection of public records.

For the Records, pt. 2

Conley v. Spangler

In a lawsuit trial, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office outlines its unusual interpretations of the state’s Public Records Act.

‘The Safety of Everyone’

Sheriff Tom Spangler

Sheriff Tom Spangler had a busy first year that put him and his department in multiple spotlights. We sat down to talk to him about it.