The Tennessee Department of Correction has suspended visitation at all state prison facilities in the state to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus.
"Out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of the health and wellness of what we consider a vulnerable population, we have suspended visitation at all TDOC prisons until further notice," it said in a press release.
"We are exploring alternative opportunities for our inmates to maintain communication with family and friends. Volunteer services will be suspended as well. We will conduct non-invasive screening onsite for staff entering our facilities," the release said.
County jails are under their own jurisdiction and will make their own decisions on visitation at the local level.
Offenders who are on community supervision will be contacted by their probation/parole officer for reporting guidelines.