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The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC)

The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) has become a model in the United States for its management practices and cost-saving measures since becoming one of the first correctional systems in the country to be fully accredited in 1994. Since then, each part of the County Jail and State Corrections system has been re-accredited in a three-year cycle by the American Correctional Association. We are very proud of this award and aim to renew our efforts year after year. Our only system includes the lookup of inmates within our prison system. Results include mugshots, arrests, charges, booking number, jail location, visitation hours, charges and more.

The department’s mission has always been to operate safe and secure prisons to enhance public safety in Tennessee through incarceration and rehabilitation of felony offenders. Members of the public are allowed to write-to and visit persons in custody, offenders, criminals, arrestees, and view mugshots at the detention centers, county jails, and police departments. The mission was expanded in 2012 to include providing effective community supervision of adult members of the correctional process to ensure public safety based upon the transfer of probation and parole supervision and community correction grant program functions from the Board of Parole (BOP) to the TDOC. This transition is critical to the thorough supervision of people arrested in Tennessee, whether they are on probation, incarcerated in prison, on parole, or under the supervision of one of the community corrections agencies. The department is working to ensure seamless supervision of offenders from the minute they enter the state system through their return to the community and the eventual end of their sentence.

The department manages and operates 10 adult prisons, contracts with a private prison management companies for the operation of one prison, and contracts with several counties for the operation of three other prisons, collectively housing some 21,000 offenders who have been arrested and booked. The TDOC also supervises some 79,000 offenders on probation, parole or community corrections. The community supervision unit consists of 17 districts and 45 probation/parole offices. The department has more than 6,500 employees. The Tennessee Correction Academy in Tullahoma is the corrections department’s training facility.

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  • 15Correctional Facility

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