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TDOC inmate crews return to work amid pandemic

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Posted at 8:33 AM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 09:36:09-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As Tennessee continues to rebound from the pandemic, more people are heading back to work and that includes Tennessee Department of Correction inmate crews.

One crew from the Turney Center Industrial Complex Annex in Wayne County returned to work duty this week.

TDOC officials say the group of five inmates practiced social distancing while mowing at cemeteries and churches.

“A lot of the older smaller churches and cemeteries in rural areas cannot afford the upkeep of the yards, so they are appreciative of the work that our inmate crews do for them and the offenders are proud to make a difference in the community,” said Associate Warden Bryan Butler.

TDOC says most of the population at the Turney Center Industrial Complex Annex are assigned to community services as part of their programming needs.