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.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 1:16pm
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.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 | 7:12pm
NASHVILLE - As part of our ongoing efforts to advance our non-negotiable mission of enhancing public safety, the Tennessee Department of Correction strives to be a good community partner. It is with that in mind we wish to alert the public to the dangers of contraband. Contraband is defined as unauthorized cell phones, drugs and weapons. TDOC wants to highlight our efforts in fighting those who would seek to compromise the safety and security of our prisons, employees and offenders.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 12:12pm
NASHVILLE – In a luncheon at the Tennessee Residence today, Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam honored 23 state employees for their exceptional service to the state and their fellow Tennesseans. This is the second group of state employees receiving the Governor’s Excellence in Service Awards, a program Gov. Haslam launched in 2016 to honor outstanding state employees. Great service in state government is like great service anywhere – the key ingredient is great employees,” Gov. Haslam said. “The 23 state employees receiving this honor are on the front lines of what we do, leading the effort to help us make Tennessee the best managed state in the nation. I appreciate all the work they and other state employees do to help make Tennessee the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
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Thursday, January 05, 2017 | 9:30pm
HENNING - The Tennessee Department of Correction has long recognized the need for mothers and their children to bond while the children are young. Last month, TDOC expanded its overnight child visitation capacity with the opening of the new Child Visitation Building at the Women’s Therapeutic Residential Center. This innovative program helps offenders keep positive familial ties strong throughout their incarceration. This not only curbs generational criminal behavior, but it also assists with family reunification post incarceration. In fact, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) research shows children who are allowed to bond with the parent, during the parent’s period of incarceration, have a better chance of breaking the generational cycle of criminal behavior.
Thursday, January 05, 2017 | 12:09pm
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), in partnership with both the U.S. and Tennessee Interagency Councils on Homelessness, today released an action plan to end chronic homelessness in the Volunteer State. The collaborative plan brings together multiple federal, state, county, and local government agencies, and community partners providing a systematic approach to help eliminate homelessness over the next 10 years.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 | 12:59pm
KNOXVILLE – For several TDOC Probation Parole Officers today was not just another day in the office. That’s because these officers spent the day driving all over Knoxville delivering Christmas gifts for those in need. The group was led by Officer Kim Kriplean. In his role as Employment Specialist and Community Services Supervisor, Kriplean has made numerous contacts within the religious and non-profit communities. For the past four years, he’s worked with the Knoxville Chapter of Toys for Tots to gather and deliver gifts to those organizations who in turn give them to needy children.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 | 8:42am
MEMPHIS - This Friday, December 9, the Tennessee Department of Correction will host a grand opening for the Mark Luttrell Transition Center (MLTC). Earlier this year, TDOC made the decision to change Mark Luttrell Correctional Center from a female facility to a male reentry center. MLTC is focused on providing intensive programming and job development skills to men nearing release from prison. The first male residents arrived at the facility earlier this fall.
Thursday, December 01, 2016 | 1:26pm
NASHVILLE – For the 14th consecutive year, families of homicide victims honored their lost loved ones during the annual “Tennessee Season to Remember” Thursday evening. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam hosted the event at First Baptist Church in Nashville.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 | 2:55pm
NASHVILLE - Due to the Level III – State of Emergency in the Eastern region of the State, the Tennessee Department of Correction has deployed several agents to assist emergency personnel in the area. These officers will work with teams on the ground to identify blocked roads due to downed trees. The team will also perform “welfare checks” of residents in the vicinity of the fire.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 | 12:53pm
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Correction is temporarily suspending home visits of offenders in the affected area of Sevier County due the fires in that area. This Level III – State of Emergency is due to the drought conditions and wildfires in the Eastern region of the State.
Monday, November 07, 2016 | 10:00am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston from the Tennessee Military Department to recognize five veteran state employees and more than 503,000 Tennessee veterans of all ages and eras. The Governor’s Veterans Day event was held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza in downtown Nashville.
“There are 2,425 veterans working in state government and more than 503,000 living in Tennessee,” Haslam said. “We are grateful that many of these men and women have brought their most positive attributes of military service to help lead and transform state government.”
Tuesday, November 01, 2016 | 7:42pm
NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Correction continued to advance our mission of enhancing the safety of Tennessee communities by conducting Operation Blackout. Operation Blackout is a yearly, massive statewide sweep to ensure registered sex offenders under TDOC supervision follow strict guidelines for the fall season and Halloween.
Tuesday, November 01, 2016 | 12:52pmTraining Curriculum and Trainers Are Shared
SELMA – The vision of the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) is to be recognized as the best correctional agency in the nation. By being tapped as a national leader in officer training, TDOC is well on its way to fulfilling that vision.