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Since Jan. 11, there have been 70 assaults with a weapon against Tennessee correctional officers. An additional 49 assaults over the same period didn't involve a weapon.

Those 119 assaults put the Tennessee Department of Correction on pace to more than double the number of assaults on staff recorded in 2015, according to figures obtained from the department through a request by The Tennessean.

The seemingly drastic increase comes after Tennessee prison officials changed the definitions of assault on officers and inmates amid continued scrutiny from officers, inmates and the organization the department relies on to inspect its facilities and policies.

Read the full story from our news partner, The Tennessean, here.  

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