Convicted killer Letalvis Cobbins was transferred to maximum-security housing in a Tennessee prison yesterday, but state Correction Commissioner George Little said giving other convicted murderers the same treatment would cost “millions of dollars,” the Knoxville News-Sentinel reports. State Sen. Tim Burchett called Little after speaking to the father of murder victim Channon Christian and learning that Cobbins was being held at a medium security prison.
Burchett, who is running for Knox County mayor, plans to introduce legislation that would require all inmates convicted of first-degree murder to be kept in maximum-security. Little said the call from Burchett and “more importantly, the concerns of the victim’s family” relayed by the senator, were a factor in the relocation. Only prisoners facing execution are automatically classified as maximum security under current policy, Little said. In other cases, classification is based on an assessment of the individual inmate and his or her behavior after incarceration.