Due to rising COVID-19 numbers in Nashville jails, people required to serve “weekend time” are being asked not to report to serve, the Davidson County Sheriff's Office reported Friday.
Instead, until further notice, people are asked to call 615-862-8367 to reschedule their respective report date.
Due to rising COVID-19 numbers in our jails, until further notice, individuals required to serve “weekend time” should not report. Instead call 615.862.8367 to reschedule. Courts are continuing operation; therefore, citations booking is not impacted. pic.twitter.com/fKkOORhpNP
— Nashville Sheriff (@NashSheriff) January 14, 2022
Weekend time is when an inmate checks into jail at a predetermined time on a Friday and is released from jail the following Sunday.
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On Friday, the sheriff's office reported 246 of 1,614 inmates were testing positive for COVID-19. The number of inmates on restriction was 433.
Four days earlier, the sheriff's office reported 110 of 1,629 inmates were testing positive for COVID-19. The number of inmates on restriction was 388.
As of Friday, Davidson County courts remained operational which means citations booking was not impacted.
Citations are issued to people as an alternative to being immediately jailed for a misdemeanor offense.
Once the citation is written the person is given a booking date to appear to have their fingerprints, mug shot, and other information entered into the arrest system.
This is a developing story.
Natalie Neysa Alund is based in Nashville at The Tennessean and covers breaking news across the South for the USA TODAY Network. Reach her at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.
This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Nashville jail pushing some inmates not to report due to COVID-19