Six inmates skipped out on their work detail to attend rapper Cecil D'Wayne "C-Baby" Tuggle's funeral. The inmates as well as the three supervisors in charge of that 21-member work crew now face disciplinary action.
"The inmates weren't on their job; they were somewhere else. The supervisors had lost touch with the inmates and that's certainly a cause for alarm," says Steve Shular, Public Information Officer for the Shelby County Mayor's office.
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and his office are now reexamining the policies currently in place for inmate work details following this incident.
"Whether or not they have enough, whether or not people are following them, when they should be following them but we're certainly going to be open to any of those issues that come up," says Shular.
While the inmates who walked away from their work duty were minimum security, Shular says it's still an issue of public safety that needs to be addressed.
"These were minimum security inmates; however, they were to always be in the sight of the supervisors. We'll continue to ensure work crew supervisors know the policies and make sure they're followed," says James Coleman, Director of the Shelby County Corrections Center.
Shelby County Commissioner Chris Thomas says a number of constituents contacted him to look into the incident, adding, "Depending on who these prisoners are, could they have escaped? Could they have left? A lot of things went through my mind."
The six inmates lost their work crew privileges along with any credits from it that could have earned them an early release. The three supervisors face a disciplinary hearing this week.