Updated: Apr 14
Davidson judges deny motion to release inmates vulnerable to COVID-19
WSMV Digital Staff
Updated 17 hrs ago | Posted on Apr 9, 2020
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Davidson County General Session judges decided on Thursday not to grant early release from jail for those inmates deemed particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus.
The Public Defender’s office had asked the court to order the release of those inmates.
The judges heard arguments on the matter on Thursday morning and issued the decision later in the afternoon.
“Based on the forgoing, the General Sessions Court judges do not find that the board emergency relief sought by the Public Defender is warranted under the circumstances,” the judges wrote in the order.
The judges also asked the District Attorney General’s Office to continue to be proactive in reviewing and approving requests for inmate releases from jail where the inmate’s court appearance and public safety is not a concern.