On May 4, 2020, The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) announced that a 67-year-old inmate at Trousdale Turner prison in Hartsville has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19. The man tested positive for the coronavirus after he was taken to the hospital; however, the medical examiner still needs to determine the exact cause of death.
The governor’s office reported last week over half of the inmates and correctional staff tested positive for COVID-19 at Trousdale Turner. At least 1,349 tests out of 2,725 in total ended up being positive, which is the third-largest prison outbreak in the United States.
The coronavirus outbreak has spread to many other state prisons, including Northwest Correction Complex, Bledsoe County Correctional Complex, and Turney Center Industrial Complex. As of May 7, there are six other prisoners who have tested positive in the hospital, one who is in serious condition.
TDOC declared that only two percent of prisoners infected with COVID-19 had shown symptoms, while the other 98 percent we asymptomatic. However, the staggering statistics in Trousdale Turner paint a different picture.
At The Bowlin Law Firm, we are offering a program for early release motions due to the pandemic. According to a case-by-case basis, prosecutors and judges throughout Tennessee have already been granting the early release of some inmates.
If your loved one is currently serving time in a Tennessee prison for a non-violent offense, weeks away from release, or particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus because of age or underlying health conditions, our experienced early release lawyer can help. We can thoroughly review their case, determine all their available legal options, and help them get released as soon as possible to protect their health and provide you with peace of mind.