• BOPP Tree-Planting Events Honor Victims of Crime

    Monday, April 23, 2012 | 8:27am

    Events Commemorate National Crime Victims' Rights Week 

    NASHVILLE – For the fourth consecutive year, the Board of Probation and Parole (BOPP) is planting trees across Tennessee to raise awareness of the importance of crime victims’ rights during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 22 - 28). Nashville’s observance took place today at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Other events are scheduled in Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, Jackson, Clarksville and Johnson City.

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  • Haslam Unveils Comprehensive Public Safety Strategy

    Thursday, January 05, 2012 | 8:21am

    Multi-year action plan resulting from collaboration of 11 state agencies

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a comprehensive, multi-year action plan designed to improve public safety statewide. 

    The Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet Working Group, which includes commissioners and representatives from 11 state agencies, submitted the plan after months of meetings with more than 300 public safety professionals and stakeholders across the state.

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  • Tennessee Season to Remember Honors Homicide Victims

    Thursday, December 08, 2011 | 3:56pm
    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam joined families of homicide victims to honor their loved ones tonight in the annual “Tennessee Season to Remember” event.
     
    “We’re all neighbors in Tennessee, and showing concern for our neighbors is the right thing to do,” Haslam said. “This event gives friends and families who have lost loved ones to violent crime a chance to pay tribute to lives lost, while also comforting brave survivors with the support of their fellow Tennesseans.”
     

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  • BOPP Restricts Sex Offenders from Halloween Activities

    Friday, October 21, 2011 | 11:05am
    Nashville, Tennessee --- The Board of Probation and Parole’s officers are again enforcing Halloween and fall festival restrictions against sex offenders under the agency’s supervision. Each sex offender has signed a letter acknowledging that they are prohibited from participating in Halloween activities. BOPP Chairman Charles Traughber said, “The safety of Tennessee’s communities is the top job for our staff all year long. But each year, we inform sex offenders under our supervision that Halloween and fall festival activities are inappropriate for them. The offenders also sign a letter acknowledging they understand and will comply with these restrictions.”

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  • Collins Honored with 2011 Mary Walker Award

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011 | 6:17am
    Nashville, Tennessee --- A Johnson City woman is the recipient of the Board of Probation and Parole’s highest employee award. Margie Collins, BOPP’s Deputy District Director for upper east Tennessee, is the 2011 recipient of the Mary Walker Award, which recognizes both professional and personal excellence.
     

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  • Thirty Graduate from Thinking for a Change

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011 | 7:21am
    Nashville, Tennessee --- Thirty probationers and parolees under supervision of the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole are being recognized for completing the cognitive behavior program, Thinking for a Change. Each graduate has completed 22 classes in order to be eligible for graduation.
     
    Board Chairman Charles Traughber said, “BOPP works to protect the public and prevent crime. Thinking for a Change has been successful in helping people develop stronger life skills, and in teaching them to use better reasoning when making critical decisions. People with these skills are less likely to commit crimes. This program and other evidence-based programs used by BOPP are directing many offenders to lead law-abiding lives.”
     

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  • Probation and Parole Officers' Work Honored This Week

    Monday, July 18, 2011 | 8:00am
    Nashville, Tennessee --- The Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole (BOPP) is joining with other agencies across the country to honor the Probation and Parole Officers who supervise offenders in the community. July 17-23, 2011 is national Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week. Governor Bill Haslam has issued a proclamation marking the celebration in Tennessee.
     

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  • Tree-Planting Events Honor Courage of Crime Victims

    Monday, April 11, 2011 | 7:16am
    NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam, Speaker Beth Harwell and Board of Probation and Parole (BOPP) Chairman Charles Traughber are honoring crime victims during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 10 - 16) with 12 tree-planting ceremonies in communities across Tennessee. The kickoff event took place in Nashville on Monday morning, April 11, at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.  
     
    “A tree is a symbol of strength, determination and perseverance and that is a powerful comparison to what we see from crime victims who overcome tragedy to make a difference in their communities,” Haslam said. “It is important that we remember and recognize the challenges facing victims and their families, as well as the dedication of advocates who help them in the healing process.” 
     

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  • Board of Probation and Parole and Metro Nashville PD Target Gangs with GPS Pilot

    Thursday, March 03, 2011 | 7:07am
    Nashville, Tennessee --- The Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole and the Metro Nashville Police Department are collaborating on a pilot program to assess the impact global positioning system (GPS) monitoring may have on gang-related activity. Ten offenders with suspected gang associations have been placed on GPS for the pilot.
     
    “Our goal is no more victims,” said Board Chairman Charles Traughber. “GPS is a tool that tells us where an offender is and tracks his or her movements. We’re sharing this technology with Metro Police to determine whether it can have an impact on gang activity in the area.”
     

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  • BOPP Restricts Sex Offenders From Halloween Activities

    Monday, October 18, 2010 | 5:52am

    Nashville, Tennessee --- Sex offenders under supervision of the Tennessee Board of Probation & Parole are again being restricted from taking part in any Halloween or fall and harvest activities. Each sex offender has signed a letter acknowledging that they are prohibited from participating in Halloween activities. BOPP Executive Director Bo Irvin said, “Maintaining public safety is the Board of Probation and Parole’s primary mission. We put these restrictions in writing to make sure the sex offenders we supervise know what activities are inappropriate for them.”

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  • BOPP Launches Batterers Intervention Program

    Thursday, October 07, 2010 | 4:45am
    NASHVILLE --- The Board of Probation and Parole is working to stop domestic violence by intervening with the offenders it supervises. A new course called Courage to Change is a 24-week program for probationers and parolees who have a history of domestic violence.
     
    “Domestic violence is a serious issue in Tennessee,” said Board Chairman Charles Traughber. “The Violence Policy Center’s When Men Murder Women Report shows Tennessee is fifth in the nation in homicides where men kill women. And Tennessee has been ranked in the top 12 states in the country for this type of crime since 2000.”
     

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  • BOPP Providing Enhanced Services to Crime Victims

    Thursday, September 23, 2010 | 4:31am
    NASHVILLE - The Board of Probation and Parole is using technology to help victims of crime take part in the parole process. The agency’s video-conferencing equipment allows victims to participate in hearings from a BOPP office near home, without incurring expensive travel costs. It also allows victims to speak without being in the same room as the offender in their case.
     
    “The victim’s perspective is a key element in the parole review process,” says Board Chairman Charles Traughber. “It’s important that we make it as comfortable as possible for victims to provide their statements.”

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  • BOPP/TDOC Joint Plan Saves State $33 Million In First Year

    Tuesday, September 07, 2010 | 3:16am
    NASHVILLE - The Board of Probation & Parole and the Department of Correction have saved Tennessee taxpayers more than $33,000,000 during fiscal year 2009-2010 through implementation of their Joint Offender Management Plan. Figures reported to the Select Oversight Committee on Corrections show the two agencies achieved 87% of their first year savings goal, delaying the need for construction of a new prison from 2016 to 2020.

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  • BOPP Honors Work of Probation & Parole Officers

    Monday, July 19, 2010 | 8:19am

    NASHVILLE - National Probation, Parole and Community Corrections Officers’ Week is being celebrated across the nation July 18th through the 24th. The Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole (BOPP) is joining with other agencies here and across the country to honor the probation and parole officers who supervise offenders.

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