• Inaugural Crisis Intervention Training For Correctional Staff

    Thursday, September 07, 2017 | 2:34pm

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) recently partnered with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office and the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office to bring a nationally recognized training to Tennessee.  The National Institute of Correction’s (NIC) Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) teaches correctional staff to better manage individuals suffering from mental illness.  CIT empowers front line staff to not only recognize symptoms of a mental health crisis, but also gives staff additional tools to de-escalate a potential critical situation. 

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  • TDOC Accepting Applications For West Tennessee Citizens' Academy

    Monday, July 31, 2017 | 10:58am

    MEMPHIS - The Tennessee Department of Correction is now accepting applications for our West Tennessee Citizens’ Academy.  The academy is a three-day program designed to give West Tennesseans an in-depth look at the state’s largest law enforcement agency.  Classes will be held September 14-16, 2017 at various TDOC locations.

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  • TDOC Announces Joint Operation Targeting Contraband

    Monday, June 12, 2017 | 5:42pm

    NASHVILLE -  The Tennessee Department of Correction, along with other criminal justice partners including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Department of Safety, the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, and the U.S. Attorney's Office, today announced a joint operation targeting the introduction of contraband to correctional facilities.

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  • TDOC To Hold Joint News Conference

    Friday, June 09, 2017 | 3:38pm

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Correction, along with other criminal justice partners including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Department of Safety, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will hold a joint news conference on Monday, June 12 in the administration building at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution (RMSI).  TDOC Commissioner Tony Parker and others will discuss joint efforts to combat the introduction of contraband to correctional facilities.  Contraband is a problem affecting correctional agencies nationwide and directly impacts the community.  TDOC is committed to taking innovative steps and utilizing all possible avenues to intercept contraband and vigorously prosecute those attempting to introduce it.

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  • TDOC Teams Up With Community Partners for Offender Resource Fair

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 4:01pm

    MOUNTAIN CITY – The Northeast Correctional Complex (NECX) held its annual Resource Summit earlier today.  Over 150 offenders, all within one year of release, participated in the event.  The offenders were able to network and collect information regarding a variety of post-incarceration resources, including education assistance, vocational training, job placement services and financial planning.  Nearly 30 organizations, including the University of Tennessee’s TPOPS Program, ETSU Educational Opportunity Center, Goodwill of Tenneva, American Job Center, Tennessee Department of Motor Vehicles,  Johnson County Department of Human Services, and the Bristol Lifestyles Recovery Center took part in the event.

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  • Prison Contraband Interdiction Strategy Yields Multiple Arrests

    Sunday, May 07, 2017 | 7:43pm

    NASHVILLE - Last year, the Tennessee Department of Correction seized more than 2,000 cell phones with more than half of them showing a security threat group connection.  In addition, 1,400 drug related incidents were investigated as well.  While the introduction of contraband threatens the safety and security of penal facilities throughout this nation, these seizures and investigations illustrate the hard work of our officers and agents in the fight against contraband.

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  • TDOC And Community Partners To Hold Offender Career Fair

    Friday, May 05, 2017 | 10:30am

    NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Correction is partnering with local employers and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development to hold a career fair and hiring event for offenders on community supervision in the Nashville area.  Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with more than a dozen potential employers in person as well as visit the Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Mobile American Job Center for assistance with online job searches and application, resume development and educational resources.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and any other qualifications or certificates they may have earned.

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  • Operation Clean Sweep Update

    Tuesday, May 02, 2017 | 10:44am

    STATEWIDE OPERATION ENDS SUCCESSFULLY

    NASHVILLE – During the past month officers from the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) have completed additional, unannounced home visits on hundreds of sex offenders under community supervision.  During Operation Clean Sweep, Probation Parole Officers visited nearly 1,000 homes across Tennessee.  According to Commissioner Tony Parker, “Throughout the state, our officers work diligently to ensure that the offenders we supervise remain compliant with the terms of their supervision.  Operation Clean Sweep is just another tool our officers use to enhance public safety.”

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  • TDOC Teams Up With Community Partners for Offender Resource Fair

    Friday, April 21, 2017 | 9:49am

    WARTBURG – The Morgan County Correctional Complex (MCCX) held its annual Resource Summit on Thursday, April 20. Over 200 offenders, all within one year of release, participated in the event. The offenders were able to network and collect information regarding a variety of post-incarceration resources, including education assistance, vocational training, job placement services and financial planning.  Nearly 30 organizations, including the Knoxville Leadership Foundation, King University, Amachi of Knoxville, Project Return, Regions Bank, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the Tennessee Partnership for Ongoing Parental Support,  took part in the event.

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  • Tennessee Recidivism Rate Shows Promising Decrease

    Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 4:19pm

    NASHVILLE – Newly released recidivism numbers show Tennessee is moving in the right direction.  Statewide recidivism for 2016 was 47.1%, down from 50.5% in 2010.  Tennessee recidivism is defined as the percentage of felony inmates who are re-incarcerated within three years of their release.  Since 2010, the Department has focused on the implementation of new, evidence-based programs and a “whole patient” approach to rehabilitation and offender care in order to improve offender success rates.  Reducing recidivism not only makes our neighborhoods safer for Tennessee families; with the average cost to house an inmate in a state prison at $76 per day, it also saves valuable taxpayer dollars. 

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  • Update: TCIX Officers Released From Hospital

    Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 3:31pm

    ALL THREE CONTINUE TO RECOVER AT HOME

    ONLY – All three officers assaulted during Sunday’s disturbance at Turney Center Industrial Complex are now recovering at home.  Officer Paul Nielsen was released from the hospital Wednesday night, and Officer Jesse Shockley was released this afternoon.  Officer Lester Ball was released overnight Sunday.  The officers are in good spirits and will continue to recuperate with the full support and prayers of the Department of Correction and the community.

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  • Update: TCIX Officers Continue To Improve

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 6:07pm

    One Officer Released From Hospital, Two Others In Stable Condition

    ONLY – The three officers assaulted during Sunday’s disturbance at Turney Center Industrial Complex continue to improve. Officer Lester Ball is recovering at home, while officers Jesse Shockley and Paul Nielsen remain in stable condition at a local hospital. They are in good spirits and are thankful for the outpouring of support and prayers from their colleagues and the community.

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