NASHVILLE, Tenn. Oct 4 2020 The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office has officially taken over the Metro Detention Facility as the 30-year contract with CoreCivic expires.
Early Sunday morning, the department held a ceremony to swear in more than 100 former CoreCivic employees as sheriff’s office employees.
CoreCivic announced in July the company would not resign a new contract with Metro Nashville. This is the first time in Metro Nashville’s history the facility, which houses nearly 500 inmates, will be run by the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office and 118 CoreCivic employees had about three months to transition. Sheriff Hall said it has been a challenge since he wanted more time, but he is confident it will all work out.
“I think we’ve accomplished what we were trying to, but this feels very shortcutted and we are worried about making sure that the people are taken care of, that’s the most important resource,” Sheriff Hall said. “In the middle of a pandemic and other crises, I think it’s been alright.”