Carter County Detention Center passes state inspection without deficiencies for second consecutive year

Published 4:57 pm Monday, April 8, 2024

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Sheriff Mike Fraley of Carter County has announced that the Carter County Detention Center has successfully passed its annual state inspection for the second consecutive year with no deficiencies found.

Officials from the Tennessee Corrections Institute conducted a surprise inspection of the facility on April 3. Following the inspection and discussions with the staff, the TCI issued a report stating that no deficiencies were identified at the facility.

Sheriff Fraley expressed pride in Jail Administrator Capt. Matt Patterson and his team for their diligent efforts in maintaining the facility up to state standards and ensuring professionalism in its operation and maintenance.

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The back-to-back passing of annual inspections without deficiencies marks a significant improvement from previous years. When Sheriff Fraley took office, the facility faced challenges, and in 2022, it failed its initial inspection due to safety concerns resulting from staffing shortages.

Sheriff Fraley highlighted the progress made since then, including efforts to address staffing issues, which were supported by the Carter County Commission’s decision to provide a significant raise for employees. The TCI subsequently granted certification for another year.

Under the leadership of Captain Patterson, the facility underwent extensive improvements, including staff retention and recruitment, and addressing maintenance needs.

In June 2023, the facility passed its annual inspection with no deficiencies found, marking a historic achievement. This year, the facility repeated this accomplishment by passing the inspection once again without deficiencies.

Sheriff Fraley expressed his profound pride and gratitude towards Captain Patterson and his staff for their dedication and hard work in maintaining the high standards of the detention center.