Below is a copy of our report
To What End?: Assessing the Impact of the Knox County Jail’s Ban on In-Person Visits.
Using Open Records Data, the report concludes that in the three-and-a-half years since the Sheriff banned in-person visits at the County jail, contraband continues to enter the Detention Facility at the same rate, while there has been a substantial rise in the rate of assaults recorded. At the same time, Knox County has taken almost $70,000 in commissions from remote video calls to inmates at the jail, even though the County did not pay to install the video call system. On the basis of these findings, the report recommends that the Sheriff immediately restore in-person visits and stop taking commissions that unnecessarily drive up the price of remote video calls.
Also attached is an appendix to the report, citing the open records figures, studies, and policies referenced in the report.