Morgan County Correctional Complex

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Morgan County Correctional Complex
Location 541 Wayne Cotton Morgan Drive
Wartburg, Tennessee
Status open
Security class medium
Capacity 2441
Opened 1980
Managed by Tennessee Department of Corrections

Morgan County Correctional Complex (MCCX) is a medium security prison in unincorporated Morgan County, near Wartburg, Tennessee, operated by the Tennessee Department of Correction. It opened in 1980. An expansion completed in 2009 increased its capacity to 2,441 prisoners. The prison is accredited by American Correctional Association. The current warden is Shawn Phillips.[1]

When the Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex closed in June 2009, its functions and most inmates and staff were transferred to the Morgan County Correctional Complex. [2][3]

Some male death row inmates are held at Morgan County due to security concerns.[4] Murderer and former politician Byron Looper was held at Morgan County at the time of his death in 2013.

Perry March, a former Nashville lawyer convicted in 2006 of killing his wife ten years earlier, is currently incarcerated at Morgan County.[5]


  1. ^ [1], Tennessee Department of Correction.
  2. ^ Brushy Mountain Closing Ceremony, Tennessee Department of Correction press release, June 2009
  3. ^ Todd South, Bars closing on Brushy Mountain after 113 years, Chattanooga Times Free Press, April 5, 2009
  4. ^ "Death Row Facts." Tennessee Department of Correction. Retrieved on August 25, 2010.
  5. ^ "Perry A. March". Tennessee Department of Correction. Retrieved August 15, 2016. 

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Coordinates: 36°06′48″N 84°32′21″W / 36.11333°N 84.53917°W / 36.11333; -84.53917