State correction officials Monday announced the closure of the Charles Bass Correctional Complex-Annex because the facility could no longer operate under the current design or operate as a “secure facility.”
A Tennessee Department of Correction release stated that “while the decision to close the facility happened quickly, the planning for this contingency has been well underway as part of the agency’s top to bottom review.”
The annex, at 7466 Centennial Blvd., is classified as a minimum-security work release facility, which primarily housed about 320 inmates who served on work details around Davidson County.
Officials said the inmates would be reassigned to other TDOC prison facilities and inmates on work detail would be assigned to the Charles Bass main facility.
The annex is expected to be evaluated to determine if upgrades are possible or if it should be permanently closed. Until that determination is reached the facility will remain vacant.
Staff assigned to the annex will be reassigned to the Charles Bass main facility or to one of the three other Nashville prisons.