Rebuilding of Nashville jail to start after inmates moved

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Inmates at a downtown Nashville jail have been transferred out of the facility in preparation for the jail’s reconstruction.

Local news outlets report that the last of 300 high-risk inmates were moved out of the Criminal Justice Center over the weekend. The jail now set to be demolished to be completely rebuilt.

Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall says the move took months of planning and preparation. He called it a complicated, complex and dangerous effort.

Most of the inmates will be moved to the Maximum Correctional Center on Harding Place.

Former mayor Karl Dean says the old facility was prone to flooding, plumbing issues and elevator problems.

The new facility will include a separate treatment center for the mentally ill.