Bradley jailers charged with failing to monitor inmate on suicide watch

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations charges three corrections officers in Bradley County with misconduct surrounding the death of an inmate.

Ralph Nelms died at the jail in September.

He had been placed on suicide watch, which required jailers to check on him a regular intervals.

But investigators found that Ronald Joshua Reddish, Gabriel Nathaniel Black, and Timothy Jason Boyd failed to make the cell checks and that jail logs were falsified to show that they had.

They all face charges of official misconduct, plus Black faces additional charges of tampering with evidence and government records.

The sheriff fired Reddish and Black, and Timothy Boyd resigned.

On Friday, all three former officers were booked in the jail where they once worked.

Chief Deputy Brian Smith issued this statement on the case:

“I want to commend the great leadership of Correctional Captain Gabe Thomas who took swift action by contacting me when discovering the circumstances surrounding the investigated incident. Directly after my conversation with Capt. Thomas, I immediately contacted General Steve Crump at the 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office which resulted in the criminal investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations.

Categories: Bradley County, Local News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *