Nashville proposes moving police headquarters, jail

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville city officials have announced a plan to move the Criminal Justice Center, which houses police headquarters, along with the Metro Jail and the sheriff’s office.

Mayor Karl Dean, Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson and Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall announced the $149 million proposal on Tuesday. In turn, the city would sell off the properties, which are located on prime downtown real estate.

The downtown jail has been faced with overcrowding, housing more inmates than it is designed to hold. It’s also been plagued with flooding and other maintenance problems.

Under the proposal, a new detention center and sheriff’s complex would be built in south Nashville. The Criminal Justice Center, which was originally built in 1981, would be moved to Jefferson Street.