Correction

NECX Death Investigation

Saturday, July 19, 2014 | 04:11 pm

MOUNTAIN CITY – The Department of Correction is investigating an inmate death at the Northeast Correctional Complex in Mountain City.  A 24-year-old inmate was pronounced dead at a local hospital around 10:03 a.m. Saturday morning.  His name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.  As with all in-custody deaths, other than natural causes, the Department has asked the TBI to assist in the investigation.

Officers Needed In West Tennessee

Thursday, July 10, 2014 | 11:25 pm

HENNING – The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) is now hiring Correctional Officers at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning and the Northwest Correctional Complex in Tiptonville.  A job fair will be held for candidates interested in a career in law enforcement and assisting in the mission of operating safe and secure prisons.  Potential candidates will be able to apply for positions at the Dyersburg Career Center on Wednesday, July 23.

“Our agency is made up of a team of professionals who work hard to help keep Tennesseans safe,” Commissioner Derrick Schofield said. “We want the best and brightest to join us in our mission to enhance public safety.”

NWCX Death Investigation

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 | 10:50 am

TIPTONVILLE - The Department of Correction is investigating an apparent homicide at the Northwest Correctional Complex in Tiptonville following an altercation between two inmates.  A 58-year-old inmate was pronounced dead at a local hospital around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.  His name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

As with all in-custody deaths, other than natural causes, the Department has asked the TBI to assist with the investigation.

TDOC Take One Training Begins Across The State

Thursday, June 19, 2014 | 04:23 pm

JACKSON -  The Take One Program, a collaboration between faith-based and nonprofit organizations and the Tennessee Department of Correction, will host a training workshop for mentors on June 25 in Jackson.  Take One helps offenders leaving correctional facilities to successfully re-enter society through mentorship and structured community support.

TDOC Take One Training Begins Across The State

Thursday, June 19, 2014 | 04:21 pm

NASHVILLE -  The Take One Program, a collaboration between faith-based and nonprofit organizations  and the Tennessee Department of Correction, will host a training workshop for mentors on June 28 in Nashville.  Take One helps offenders leaving correctional facilities to successfully re-enter society through mentorship and structured community support.

TDOC Take One Training Begins Across The State

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 | 03:41 pm

NASHVILLE -  The Take One Program – a collaboration between faith-based and nonprofit organizations  and the Tennessee Department of Correction – will host a training workshop for mentors on June 25 in Jackson, TN.  Take One helps offenders leaving correctional facilities to successfully re-enter society through mentorship and structured community support.

Sesame Street Book Available in TDOC Prisons

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | 01:03 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) recognizes that children of offenders are often the unintentional victims of crimes.  When a parent is incarcerated, children must deal with uncertainty, loss and sometimes shame.  In an effort to help children deal with those emotions, the TDOC will now have the book In My Family available in the visitation areas of state prisons.

Governor's Public Safety Subcabinet Announces Partnership with Vera Institute of Justice

Monday, June 09, 2014 | 07:36 pm

NASHVILLE --- Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons, chairman of the Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet, today announced that the group is partnering with the Vera Institute of Justice to review sentencing and correction policies and practices with an aim towards improving public safety for all Tennesseans.

Quick Work By Officers Prevents Escape Attempt

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 | 10:05 am
Bridget King
Bridget King

NASHVILLE – An inmate at the Tennessee Prison for Women was quickly apprehended after attempting to scale an inner fence inside the prison’s recreation yard.  Officers were leading a group of inmates to the recreation area when inmate Bridget King immediately ran to the fence and attempted to climb it. Officers were able to quickly apprehended the inmate. King was treated for minor cuts in the prison’s infirmary.  She is currently serving an eight year sentence for aggravated burglary and theft of property convictions in Sevier County.  Additional disciplinary charges are pending.

Sidney Porterfield Dead At Age 71

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | 10:28 pm
Sidney Porterfield
Sidney Porterfield

NASHVILLE - Inmate Sidney Porterfield has passed away today at age 71.  He was pronounced dead at approximately 2:47 p.m. at Lois DeBerry Special Needs Facility.

Porterfield was convicted of murder 1 in Shelby County.  He was sentenced to death in 1986.