NASHVILLE - Today, a ceremony was held at the Tennessee Prison for Women (TPFW) to mark 50 years of service and celebrate the advances that have made the facility and its team leaders in the field of corrections. The event was attended by current and former staff, volunteers and members of the public. TDOC Commissioner Tony Parker and current TPFW Warden Carolyn Jordan were among the speakers.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 | 5:54pm
Thursday, July 14, 2016 | 1:03pm
Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced significant changes to state assessments today that respond to feedback from educators, parents, and students—including eliminating Part I in all subjects, restructuring the test to better fit within the school day and year, and reducing overall testing time.
Monday, July 11, 2016 | 1:50pm
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Correction is now accepting applications for its fall 2016 Citizens’ Correctional Academy. The academy is a four week/six session program designed to give Tennesseans an in-depth look at the state’s largest law enforcement agency. The program will run from August 30 through October 4, with classes held on Tuesday evenings at varying locations in the Nashville area.
Friday, July 01, 2016 | 11:33am
PIKEVILLE - Bledsoe County Correctional Complex Warden Doug Cook, a 32-year veteran of the Tennessee Department of Correction, has passed away of apparent natural causes at his home.
Thursday, June 23, 2016 | 3:55pm
Inmate Community Relations Work Program Provided Renovations to Facility
Tiptonville - This week, members of the American Legion TN Post 174 Reelfoot Lake Chapter honored Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) following renovations to the American Legion property by offender work crews.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | 11:17am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Tony Parker as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of the Correction (TDOC) effective June 19. Parker will replace Derrick Schofield who announced June 1 he is leaving the administration to join GEO Group in Florida as executive vice president for continuum of care. A 33-year veteran of TDOC, Parker has served five administrations, beginning his career as a correctional officer, working his way up and serving since 2012 as assistant commissioner of prisons, supervising prison operations, security operations and offender management.
Monday, June 13, 2016 | 9:24pm
WARTBURG – This past weekend inmates at Morgan County Correctional Complex celebrated their graduation in a special way. More than 40 inmates were able to reunite with their children during a special visitation cookout.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 | 10:11am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Department of Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield will leave the administration at the end of June to join GEO Group in Florida as executive vice president for continuum of care. Schofield, 55, has led the department since the start of the administration in 2011 and has been an integral voice in shaping the governor’s public safety agenda during the administration. He has served on the Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet since its inception, most recently helping to shape the Public Safety Act of 2016, which makes smarter use of prison bed space, among other important safety objectives.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | 3:39pm
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Correction mission is to operate safe and secure prisons and provide effective community supervision in order to enhance public safety. A critical part of fulfilling that mission is to take a critical look at our processes and determine areas for improvement in effectiveness and efficiency. Over the past few months, the Community Supervision Division of this Department examined our practices to determine the best approach to provide targeted oversight for each type of supervision. We determined the best approach would be to separate probation and parole supervision within a single TDOC Community Supervision Organizational Chart.
Monday, April 25, 2016 | 2:17pm
NASHVILLE – Over the past three weeks, 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 800 homes across the state. According to Bobby Straughter, Assistant Commissioner Community Supervision, “Operation Clean Sweep is just an extension of the good work the officers do every day in the community. Offenders under our supervision must know that we are vigilant in our efforts to ensure they successfully reintegrate into the community.”
Monday, April 25, 2016 | 8:27am
NASHVILLE – In the summer of 2014, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, with support and leadership from Governor Bill Haslam, multiple state agencies, local governments, and citizens across the Volunteer State embarked on a first of its kind prevention campaign, created and conceived with the goal to take action and address Tennessee’s prescription drug abuse epidemic.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 | 2:20pm
NASHVILLE - Death Row inmate Gary Cone has passed away at the age of 67. He was pronounced dead at 9:38 AM on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at a Nashville hospital of natural causes.
Cone was convicted of armed robbery, assault with intent to murder and two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to death in Shelby County in 1982.
Sunday, April 10, 2016 | 9:59pm
KNOXVILLE – This weekend the Tennessee Department of Correction continued to advance our mission of enhancing the safety of Tennessee and its communities by launching Operation: Clean Sweep. The operation targeted sex offenders in the east region of the state ensuring those offenders were compliant and adhering to the law.
Saturday, April 09, 2016 | 4:50pm
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Correction is partnering with local employers to hold a job readiness and career fair for ex-offenders in the Nashville area on Monday, April 11, 2016.
Friday, April 08, 2016 | 10:41am
WARTBURG – The Tennessee Department of Correction is partnering with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, along with Morgan County and Knoxville area businesses and organizations, to hold a resource and information fair for offenders soon to be released from the Morgan County Correctional Complex. Over 30 organizations will be on hand to provide information and assistance with job placement, education, health care and faith-based community support.