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.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 4:01pm
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, April 10, 2017 | 6:38pm
TDOC Releases Names of Inmates Involved
ONLY – Four of the 16 inmates involved in yesterday’s disturbance have been moved to Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, while the other 12 remain at Morgan County Correctional Complex, a maximum security facility in East Tennessee. Inmates Michael Mills #450434, Nicholas Durant #534795, Victor Sparkman #478468, and Ronnie Akins #420016 were moved as a result of the ongoing investigation into yesterday’s incident. A list of all 16 offenders is included below as an additional attachment.
Monday, April 10, 2017 | 9:59am
One Officer Released from Hospital, Two Others in Stable Condition
ONLY – One of the three officers assaulted during yesterday’s disturbance at Turney Center Industrial Complex has been released from the hospital. Officer Lester Ball was treated and released overnight. Officers Jesse Shockley and Paul Nielsen remain hospitalized in stable condition.
Sunday, April 09, 2017 | 8:22pm
ONLY – At approximately 4 p.m. today, 16 inmates caused a disturbance in a housing unit at Turney Center Industrial Complex. During the course of the disturbance, three officers were assaulted. Two of those officers were removed from the unit immediately, while one was held hostage for a period of time. TDOC’s Special Operations Unit responded and regained control of the unit.
Sunday, April 09, 2017 | 6:07pm
ONLY - There has been a disturbance this afternoon at approximately 4 p.m. at Turney Center Industrial Complex in Only, Tennessee. The incident involving 15 to 20 offenders took place in one housing unit. Three officers were assaulted and have been airlifted to an area hospital.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 1:16pm
JACKSON - The Tennessee Department of Correction will host a reception for the Take One program on Friday, March 24, 2017. Take One pairs offenders nearing release from prison with faith-based and nonprofit organizations and encourages each organization to mentor one offender for a year after his or her release. This partnership provides offenders with an additional layer of support to help them overcome barriers to successful reentry and become productive citizens.
Friday, March 03, 2017 | 10:20am
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Correction is partnering with local employers 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 potential employers, and more than a dozen organizations will be on hand to provide information and accept applications on the spot. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and any other qualifications or certificates they may have earned.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 6:56pm
NASHVILLE - Death Row Inmate Walter L. Caruthers (TOMIS #0099361) was pronounced dead of natural causes on January 30, 2017 at 11:36 p.m. at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville.
Caruthers was convicted of Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Kidnapping, and Murder in Knox County. He was sentenced to death on February 8, 1983.