Keeping It Open

Public records hearing

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs’ office says it will continue to provide free inspection of public records.

Pay to See

Hearing in records lawsuit

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office says it can charge labor costs for requests to view public records. Despite long-established state law, a judge may agree.

For the Records

Sheriff Tom Spangler

A UT professor’s open records lawsuit against the Knox County Sheriff’s Office raises questions about access to public officials’ emails.

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.

Urging a Withdrawal

287(g) vigil 4-4-19

Knox County Sheriff’s Office is the only agency in Tennessee to participate in the controversial 287(g) program. Immigrant advocates hope to end it.

Jail Rebate

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

In the Jailhouse Now

Sheriff's Office website

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