Wardens punished following probe into women’s prison

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The top three wardens at the state’s second-largest prison for women have each either been demoted or have retired after investigators found multiple problems in terms of how the Nashville facility was being run.

The Tennessean reports that investigation at the Tennessee Prison for Women revealed mandatory positions were going unstaffed, medication was not being distributed in a timely manner and officers allowing high security inmates to have improper contact.

Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker said Thursday afternoon that at least two health administrators who work for a private vendor were also removed.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Neysa Taylor says Warden Carolyn Jordan is being demoted to associate warden, Associate Warden Carolyn Benford has retired and Associate Warden Ryan has been demoted.

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This story has been corrected to show that the Tennessee Prison for Women is now the state’s second largest prison for women, not the largest.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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