‘A CESSPOOL OF A DUNGEON’: THE SURGING POPULATION IN RURAL JAILS

The New York Times – December 13, 2019

As urban areas embrace alternatives to incarceration, the addiction crisis in rural American communities and a different approach to criminal justice have overwhelmed small-town jails.

The Hamblen County Jail has been described as a dangerously overcrowded “cesspool of a dungeon,” with inmates sleeping on mats in the hallways, lawyers forced to meet their clients in a supply closet and the people inside subjected to “horrible conditions” every day. [READ MORE]