Documenting the Undocumented

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

Breaking Out

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Gov. Bill Lee’s criminal justice task force says the state needs to reform everything from sentencing guidelines to mental health services. Will the governor follow through?

Cracking the Jailhouse Door

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The Knox County Sheriff’s pretrial release program has doubled its caseload this year, keeping hundreds more people out of jail. Is it enough?

‘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.

A Free Man

Josh Smith

Josh Smith built a multi-million-dollar company from nothing, all while hiding a secret. Now he’s using his resources and personal story to fight for criminal justice reform.

Prisoners Dilemma

Alan Richardson of Justice Planners

Knox County commissioners say they want to take action to reduce jail crowding — but they can’t do it alone.

Jailhouse Diagnosis

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A study says Knox County could reduce its inmate crowding by making reforms to the local criminal justice system.

Penal Profit

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A Knox County public defender leads a discussion of the book ‘American Prison,’ which traces the dark history of correctional privatization.

Jail Rebate

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County Commission approves an unusual contract amendment with the firm that provides video visits for Knox County inmates.