Author: Gayle Clayton, BS, MA

Jail Deaths and Jail Conditions

On January 12, 2022, Andrew Hodge was found dead in his cell in the Rutherford County Detention Center from an alleged drug overdose. Shortly thereafter, Sheriff Chris Francis suddenly pulled his bid for re-election. Since this incident, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office…Read More »

Recovery Sentences – Therapy, Work Camp or Sex Trafficking?

While sentencing a meth addict to a recovery facility instead of prison seems like a good choice to benefit both society and the addict, sometimes it is not.  Having worked at a recovery center to collect data on outcomes, a preliminary conclusion…Read More »

Sunshine Laws

Sunshine Week — March 13-19 this year  — promotes a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis’ quote “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants” is the basis for…Read More »