NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Residents in the Antioch area are hoping to voice their concerns about a proposed new jail in the area.
Southeast Nashville United is holding a community meeting Tuesday night to discuss the proposed jail.
The group has invited Mayor Karl Dean, Sheriff Daron Hall and other city and state leaders to attend.
Neighbors in the area say a new jail would increase crime by introducing criminals to the area as they’re released from detention.
“I don’t want them in my neighborhood,” said Emily Hale. “I don’t want them walking around our playgrounds. I don’t want them messing with our kids, our old folks.”
Residents also say the jail will attract more bail bonding and cash advance businesses to the area.
The mayor’s plan would replace the current Metro police and Davidson County Sheriff’s Office headquarters, which includes the Criminal Justice Center downtown.
The Sheriff’s Office facility, including the new jail, would be built near the MNPD South Precinct on Harding Place.
The new police headquarters would be built on Jefferson Street near downtown.
City leaders say the downtown facility is aging and new facilities is the best option.
The community meeting is being held at the Global Mall at the Crossings Event Center at 5252 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Suite 292, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.