published Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

CCA responds to female inmate's death at Silverdale

A corrections company spokesman confirmed a female inmate died last month on Jan. 21 while incarcerated at the Silverdale Correctional Facility.

Raequayah Shropshire was pronounced dead at Erlanger hospital at 1:28 a.m.

“While we cannot speak to the specifics of Ms. Shropshire’s death while the investigation is ongoing, we do take the health and well-being of the inmates entrusted to our care very seriously,” said Mike Machak, manager of public affairs for CCA, in a released statement.

Machak directed questions about the investigation surrounding her death to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

“In keeping with facility policy, local government officials and law enforcement authorities were notified. Further details, including the cause of death, are pending the outcome of an investigation and the medical examiner’s report,” he said.

Silverdale, a 1,062-bed facility, is managed by Corrections Corporation of America.

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