Sheriff Calls So-Called 'Toughest Prison' No Frills
by Nick Beres
MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. - Some call it the toughest jail in the state, but Sheriff Enoch George just said he believes in the no frills approach. And, he is defending himself in a federal lawsuit filed by disgruntled inmates last year.
No long after the filing a federal judge toured the jail and made recommendations to improve conditions. Since then the sheriff said they've made significant progress.
"I am convinced we've gotten better. We've done a lot of work," said George, who invited a NewChannel 5 crew to tour the jail-- the first media allowed in the maximum security pod since the judge's tour.
Inmates continue to complain about the quality of the food.
"It's no good. Look there on the tray. It's not worth nothing," said one inmate.
But the sheriff said they've added some 200 calories to each plate in recent months. He claims they have also addressed sanitation issues.
"Inmates are still going to complain," said George. "They aren't happy to be here."
The sheriff said some of the inmates are just upset they haven't been sent to state prisons, where there are often more conveniences.
George said he will seek to meet all the legal requirements for inmates in jail, while making sure to spend the taxpayers money as wisely as possible.
The lawsuits are still pending. They could be heard in court later this year.