Leaders Of TN Prison For Women On Leave Amid Probe

Posted at 5:05 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 18:05:50-04

The three top wardens at the Tennessee Prison for Women have been placed on leave while state officials investigate possible protocol violations at the Nashville facility.

Local media outlets reported that Warden Carolyn Jordan, Associate Warden Pat Ryan and Associate Warden Carolyn Benford have all left the state's largest prison for women within the last week.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Neysa Taylor said in an email that officials are looking into possible issues with the "enforcement of TDOC processes and protocols."

Taylor said concerns have been raised about the wardens' leadership. She declined to give further details until the investigation is complete.

Deborah Johnson, the correctional administrator who oversees the four public prisons in Middle Tennessee, is currently leading the facility, which had 814 inmates as of Aug. 31.