Multiple staff members at South Central Correctional Center in Clifton were reportedly transferred to area hospitals on Thursday, January 19 after being exposed to an unknown and possibly dangerous substance.
Ryan Gustin, spokesman for CoreCivic, released the following statement:
“On Thursday, January 19, at approximately 8:30 a.m. CST, several staff members at our South Central Correctional Center (SCCC) in Clifton, TN, were exposed to an unknown substance that came into the facility mail room. A medical emergency was called, and other facility staff immediately responded to provide medical attention. EMS arrived onsite and transported all the exposed staff to nearby hospitals for further evaluation and treatment.
“We immediately notified local law enforcement and our government partners at the Tennessee Department of Correction. Our facility staff and leadership team are working in close collaboration with law enforcement and emergency response officials to investigate this incident.
“We care deeply about the well-being of our dedicated staff who work hard every day to keep our facilities and the public safe, and we’ll continue to support the recovery of those impacted any way we can. CoreCivic has a zero-tolerance policy for the introduction of contraband in our facilities, which is unfortunately a nationwide challenge that requires close and constant collaboration to prevent. We work as one team with local, state, and federal law enforcement on investigative and intervention efforts to remove, detect, and prevent the introduction of contraband at any of our facilities.”
No further information was made available to the public regarding what the substance was, or the condition of the employees that may have been exposed.