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Jail staff ready to rehabilitate
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Changes are being made at Warren County Sheriff’s Department to prepare for it to be a jail of the future. 

Warren County Sheriff Tommy Myers says the vision for the jail is to reform while it detains.

“Part of our vision with having program space available is to implement several different programs at one time instead of offering one at a time,” said Myers. 

Offering rehabilitation allows inmates a chance to reenter society and support themselves through legitimate and productive work, thereby reducing recidivism. Currently, Warren County commissioners are considering an expenditure of $556,000 to construct a storage building to free up space inside the jail for inmate-related activities such as educational programs.

Myers has created a new position with that transition in mind. The position of program coordinator will oversee all programs offered to inmates and work closely with the jail administrator to determine which inmates would benefit from which programs.

“Jackie Rackley did a phenomenal job as our jail administrator,” said Myers. “I’m so proud of her and the work she’s done. If you know her, you know she has a soft side for everyone. That’s just her. I think that’s why she was able to do such a remarkable job. Working with these inmates and trying to get them the help they need is something she really wants to do. So, I moved Scott Holloway to be our jail administrator and Jackie is our program coordinator.”

Rackley was named Jail Administrator of the Year for 2019 by the Tennessee Corrections Institute. She had been in that position since September 2018.

“I’m thankful for this new opportunity to find and develop programs to try and reduce the recidivism rate in Warren County,” said Rackley. 

Holloway, who was Rackley’s assistant jail administrator, also voiced gratitude for the career promotion.