Jail Jam-Ups Are From Not Following Attorney General Opinion Cause Cop Confusion

Memphis, TN - It's called the sallyport. Memphis Police officers know this driveway well.

If you are arrested, this is where cops take you and once the doors open you are brought into a room where you asked questions before being admitted to jail. 

"They walk up to a window that's inside the sally port," Shelby County Sheriff's spokesman Earle Farrell says, "And the deputy in there says do you have any injuries, are you bleeding anywhere, do you have recent injuries. if they say yes, we refuse them."

Farrell says they accept suspects who have high blood pressure, broken bones that are healing, but not with recent injuries.


 

The policy means officers must take suspects, who might not even have visible problems, to Regional One, where they can spend hours waiting, and off the streets working until the officer is told to bring the inmate back to jail. We have been told on many occasions when there was no problem with the suspect at all.

According to Farrell, "What we're doing is taking custody of a prisoner, a suspect from the police department. once we say we're taking this person, he's our prisoner then anything wrong with him is our problem."

The Tennessee Attorney General ruled that jails must take people into the jail.

In an opinion from February 2002, it says jails cannot refuse to take people into the facility if the arrested person is complaining about medical problems or has an obvious injury.

The A.G. opinion says once, in the jail, the sheriff's office must take the suspect to the hospital for treatment.

It is different from what Shelby County is doing. "Well if they have got problems caused outside the jail," Farrell says, "We're not going to accept him until we know he's stable and everything is going to be ok with them."


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