South Central Correctional Facility

Coordinates: 35°21′56″N 87°59′49″W / 35.36556°N 87.99694°W / 35.36556; -87.99694
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South Central Correctional Facility
Location555 Forrest Avenue
Clifton, Tennessee
Security classmedium
Managed byCoreCivic
not to be confused with the South Central Correctional Center, Missouri

South Central Correctional Facility is a privately run, medium-security prison located in Clifton, Wayne County, Tennessee. This prison is operated and administered by CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America) under contract to the Tennessee Department of Correction.[1]

As of 2016, Tennessee houses state inmates in four CoreCivic prisons.[2] The state's Private Prison Contracting Act of 1986, however, authorizes a single private prison for state inmates.[3]

As of 2016 Tennessee technically contracts directly with CoreCivic only for inmates held at South Central. For the three other facilities, the state circumvents its statute by contracting with the local county. In turn the county signs an agreement with CoreCivic.[4]

Incidents at SCCF[edit]

In 1997, a prisoner sued two prison guards, alleging he had been subject to "very tight physical restraints."[5] The suit went to the Supreme Court of the United States as Richardson v. McKnight.[5]

On September 1, 2013, inmate Gerald Ewing was killed in a fight after three days of lockdowns and sporadic, simultaneous fights at the facility.[6] On March 28, 2014, inmate Jeffery Sills was brutally murdered by his cell mate, who had openly promised to do so.[7]


  1. ^ "South Central Correctional Center". Corrections Corporation of America. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  2. ^ "State Prison List". Tennessee Department of Correction. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  3. ^ "2014 Tennessee Code Title 41 - Correctional Institutions and Inmates Chapter 24 - Private Prison Contracting Act of 1986 § 41-24-103 - Contracts for correctional services". Justia. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  4. ^ Walton, Judy (16 August 2016). "U.S. to end private prison contracts; impact on Hamilton County facility unknown". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  5. ^ a b Koenig, Heidi (January 1998). "Richardson v. McKnight. What Does the Future of Qualified Immunity Hold for Nongovernmental Employees?". Public Administration Review. 58 (1): 8–9. doi:10.2307/976883. JSTOR 976883.
  6. ^ "Clifton prison on lockdown after inmate killed in fight". WSVM Nashville TN. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  7. ^ Hal3, Steven (14 June 2014). "Does CCA Have a Prison-Murder Problem?". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 22 August 2016.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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