Inmate, 10 Corrections Center employees test positive

By , Daily Memphian Updated: May 27, 2020 9:26 AM CT | Published: May 27, 2020 9:26 AM CT

An inmate and 10 employees at the Shelby County Corrections Center have tested positive for COVID-19, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said Wednesday, May 27.

Harris posted the information on Twitter Wednesday morning about testing at the Shelby County Division of Corrections, also known as the penal farm.

“We will continue to work to protect those behind the wall,” Harris said in the tweet. “Men and women serving time and those awaiting trial deserve humanity and compassion, just like the rest of us. This is why we will continue to expand our efforts to keep inmates and detainees safe in this new environment.”

Five inmates were tested at the facility and one tested positive along with 10 employees and no deaths.

Several advocacy groups including the Black Lives Matter Memphis chapter, MICAH and Just City pushed Shelby County officials to test inmates at the four Shelby County correctional facilities.

The ACLU, Just City and several local attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Floyd Bonner over COVID-19 cases at the county jail including asking that medically vulnerable detainees be released.

Last week, Mayor Harris said that the county planned to do a testing surge in early June for all inmates and employees at the corrections center and at the Shelby County Jail at 201 Poplar.


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Yolanda Jones

Yolanda Jones

Yolanda Jones covers criminal justice issues and general assignment news for The Daily Memphian. She previously was a reporter at The Commercial Appeal.


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