TDOC And Community Partners To Hold Resource Fair

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 | 02:50 pm

MEMPHIS – The Tennessee Department of Correction is partnering with the City of Memphis, Shelby County and the Tennessee Re-Entry Collaborative to hold a resource and information fair for ex-offenders.  More than 50 organizations will be on hand to provide information and assistance with job training and placement, education, health care and faith-based community support.  Ex-offenders and their family members are encouraged to attend.   

Investigation Into Contraband at Riverbend

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 01:03 pm
Jasmine DeMoss

NASHVILLE – The Department of Correction is continuously working to combat the introduction of contraband into our facilities.  Last night, officers at Deberry Special Needs Facility noticed two people behaving suspiciously near the perimeter of Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.  Officers approached the car which contained two people – Jasmine DeMoss and a male passenger.  Officers spoke with the couple then let them leave the area.

TDOC To Host Family And Friends Forum

Thursday, November 13, 2014 | 01:12 pm

KNOXVILLE – On Wednesday, November 19, the Tennessee Department of Correction will hold a Family and Friends forum. Family members and friends of offenders are invited to attend and meet with TDOC executive staff and officers, who will be available to listen to their concerns and answer questions about policies, procedures and daily operations of the Tennessee Department of Correction.

Department of Correction To Hold Career Fair

Friday, November 07, 2014 | 03:31 pm

MEMPHIS – The Tennessee Department of Correction will hold a career fair on November 14th at Goodwill Industries on Austin Peay Highway. Recruiters will be on hand to discuss exciting career opportunities within the Department of Correction at West Tennessee State Prison.  A number of positions are available, including openings for Correctional Officers. Qualified applicants will be granted interviews on the spot.  Those planning to attend should bring copies of their resume and dress professionally.

RMSI Officer Assaulted By Death Row Inmate

Thursday, November 06, 2014 | 10:16 am
Heck Van Tran
Heck Van Tran

NASHVILLE – Last night at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, an incident occurred involving an assault on an officer.   Death row inmate Heck Van Tran used hot water to assault an officer.  The officer was treated by medical personnel.  Mr. Tran has received a disciplinary infraction of assault on staff.  The Office of Investigation and Compliance is currently investigating the incident.

Although preliminary investigations show no security protocols were violated, TDOC will continuously review and evaluate security protocols to ensure the safety of our staff and the community.

Offender John Brown To Be Released This Morning

Monday, November 03, 2014 | 08:19 am

NASHVILLE – Offender John Brown will be released from Lois DeBerry Special Needs Facility this morning at 9 a.m.   John Brown was convicted of murder in the 1973 deaths of David “Stringbean” Akeman and Estelle Akeman.  Last month, the Board of Parole granted Brown’s parole after serving 40 years in prison. 

Media will be allowed in the gravel parking lot at the Lois DeBerry Special Needs Facility starting at 8:15 a.m.  All media will have to remain in the gravel parking lot until the vehicle transporting Mr. Brown has left TDOC property.

TDOC Launches "Operation Blackout"

Friday, October 24, 2014 | 03:23 pm

NASHVILLE – The Department of Correction is continuing efforts to increase the safety of Tennessee children on Halloween night with the launch of “Operation Blackout.”   Probation and Parole officers will be joined by local law enforcement agencies to ensure sex offenders who are under TDOC supervision adhere to strict guidelines.  “Operation Blackout” will result in an increased presence of law enforcement in the community and random visits to the homes of sex offenders who must adhere to the following guidelines on October 31, 2014: 

  • Will remain in their homes between the hours of 5:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.
  • Will not have porch lights on as is the custom to participate in trick-or-treating.
  • Will not open their doors for trick-or-treaters.
  • Will only open their doors for law enforcement or probation and parole officers.
  • Will not be allowed to display fall decorations.
  • Will not be allowed to wear costumes or dress in disguise.

Olen Hutchison Dead At Age 61

Sunday, October 19, 2014 | 05:30 pm

NASHVILLE – Inmate Olen Hutchison has passed away today at age 61.  He was pronounced dead at approximately 8:55am at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.  Hutchison died of natural causes.

Hutchison was convicted of First Degree Murder in Campbell County.  He was sentenced to death in 1991.

TDOC To Honor Volunteers Working With Offenders

Wednesday, October 08, 2014 | 01:27 pm

NASHVILLE – On Thursday, October 16th, the Tennessee Department of Correction will hold a banquet honoring volunteers who donate their time at the Tennessee Prison for Women.  Naomi Tutu, the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will be the keynote speaker at the event.  Awards will also be given to volunteers who work in religious services, education, recreation and counseling.  More than 200 volunteers are expected to attend.

Families To Receive Service Dogs Trained By Offenders

Monday, October 06, 2014 | 08:25 pm

ONLY – This Friday, eight service dogs will graduate from the Retrieving Independence Program at the Turney Center Industrial Complex.  This is an innovative program in which specially screened offenders train puppies to be service animals.

The Friday graduation marks the end of a nearly 18-month program where the dogs underwent an intensive training process,  teaching them everything from seizure detection and wheelchair assistance, to opening and closing doors and loading laundry.  A recipient for each dog is matched early on and the training program is tailored to meet that person’s specific needs.