Public Defender on Inmate Stabbings, Hopes Sheriff Will Bring Change

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – News 12 receives multiple calls a month on our tipline from family members of inmates who say their relative has been assaulted at Silverdale Detention Center.
“When we see crime happen, the public looks to the criminal justice systems as if it’s responsible for it when in fact we’re at the tail end of it,” says Hamilton County Public Defender Steve Smith.
Smith says the prevalent violence, in and out of jail, is a cultural problem.
“Ultimately crime at the jail or at Silverdale or in the community isn’t a criminal justice problem, it’s a cultural problem. We can’t glorify gang culture at the super bowl halftime show and then be surprised we see all the violence that we see,” says Smith.
Dedrick Lindsey Jr. is a validated gang member and he was accused of stabbing another inmate 73 times over a two hour period in 2020 at Silverdale. Silverdale was taken over by the Sheriff’s Office from CoreCivic after this incident.
“There’s always been violence at Silverdale. We elect people to run that facility and we know who the next sheriff is going to be and I’m anxious he’s going to make some changes that will keep my clients safe.”
On February 15th, the Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with other agencies did a security sweep of Silverdale for contraband.

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