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Inmates worked without pay for jail officials

3 years 5 months 2 days ago Sunday, August 16 2015 Aug 16, 2015 August 16, 2015 2:06 PM August 16, 2015 in News
By: Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Former inmates at a Nashville jail say they worked without pay building cornhole games, plaques shaped like footballs, birdhouses and dog beds so that officials could sell them through their personal business.

Former inmates Larry Stephney and Charles Brew say they were supposed to be tutors in the building trades program at the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility. But rather than helping other students, they spent their days building things for officials to sell at the Nashville Flea Market and online.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed it is probing allegations of misuse of inmate labor at the jail.

The facility is run by Corrections Corporation of America through a contract with the Nashville sheriff's office. A CCA spokesman says the company does not comment on ongoing investigations.

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