‘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.

Of Ethics and Inmates

At tonight’s meeting, County Commission considers an amendment to the Sheriff’s video visitation contract and a vacancy on its Ethics Committee.

Cell Blocked

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

In the Jailhouse Now

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Sheriff Tom Spangler invites County Commission to talk overcrowding at the county detention center.