Silverdale Detention Center

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Silverdale Detention Center
Location 17609 Standifer Gap Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Status open
Security class mixed
Capacity 1046
Opened 1984
Managed by Corrections Corporation of America

Silverdale Detention Center is a private prison for male and female prisoners, located in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, operated by Corrections Corporation of America (one of its first contracts)[1] and owned by Hamilton County.[2] The maximum capacity as of 2016 is 1046.

Always primarily used by the county, the facility has also had "an unusual mix of prisoners", murderers convicted by the state serving long terms, and DUI and traffic offenders in for a stretch of 48 hours. [3] It has also taken federal inmates, such as pre-trial detainees held by the U.S. Marshals Service.[4]

The facility opened in the fall of 1984 with 325 beds. Its initial financial performance by May 1985 was disappointing for the county, after paying a per-head per-diem of $21 on an unexpectedly high number of prisoners.


Silverdale has been the frequent target of lawsuits. Former prisoner Countess Clemons, five months pregnant when incarcerated here on November 19, 2010, reached a $690,000 settlement with CCA for the loss of her baby through "deliberate indifference".[5] As of June 2015 four former inmate lawsuits related to physical abuse and maltreatment were pending in federal court against CCA, with some also involving Hamilton County.[6]


  1. ^ "Our History". Corrections Corporation of America. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Silverdale Detention Center". Correctional Corporation of America. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Tolchin, Martin (21 May 1985). "PRIVATELY OPERATED PRISON IN TENNESSEE REPORTS $200,000 IN COST OVERRUNS". New York Times. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Eastern District of Tennessee Prisoner Detention". U.S. Marshals Service. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Gilna, Derek (8 June 2015). "$690,000 Settlement in HRDC Suit Over Death of Prisoner's Baby at CCA Jail". Prison Legal News. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Brogdon, Louie (12 June 2015). "Critics question CCA jail operation deal". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 

Coordinates: 35°03′06″N 85°07′59″W / 35.05167°N 85.13306°W / 35.05167; -85.13306