- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

DAYTON, Tenn. (AP) - Following multiple inspections and a recent inmate death, a Tennessee county jail has been ordered to reduce its inmate overpopulation.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Rhea County Sheriff Mike Neal says the jail is approved to house 87 inmates, but has 205 inmates with two guards. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance ordered the jail Tuesday to reduce overpopulation by 50 percent within 30 days and completely eliminate overcrowding within 60 days.

Neal is also required to provide a monthly report on daily inmate populations to the Tennessee Corrections Institute.

Neal says the inmate population has exceeded capacity since he became sheriff 15 years ago. He said inmates will have to be housed at surrounding county jails until a new one is built.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com

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