Correction

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.

TDOC Inaugural 5K Raises Funds For Mentors

Saturday, May 17, 2014 | 02:12 pm
Participants of 5K
Participants of 5K
CEO Carlyle Carroll and Commissioner Derrick Schofield
CEO Carlyle Carroll and Commissioner Derrick Schofield

NASHVILLEMore than 140 people joined the Tennessee Department of Correction for the first ever 5K Run/Walk to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. The event, held on the grounds of the historic Tennessee State Prison, consisted of a 5K run and a 1.5 mile walk and helped raise hundreds of dollars to support mentors for children of incarcerated parents.

“Organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters have been working for more than 100 years providing outstanding support for volunteers and connecting them with children who need a mentor. Those volunteers have tremendous impact on changing lives and reducing the need for more prison space,” Commissioner Derrick Schofield said.

TDOC Launches A New Faith Based Collaboration

Monday, May 05, 2014 | 12:16 pm

NASHVILLE -  This morning Commissioner Derrick Schofield and Representative Johnny Shaw(D-Bolivar) hosted a local prayer breakfast at Christ United Methodist Church to kick off the Take One Program.  Take One is a collaboration between faith based and nonprofit organizations throughout the state to help offenders leaving correctional facilities to successfully re-enter society.  Take One encourages each organization to agree to mentor one offender for one year.

BCCX Raises Over $1,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chattanooga

Friday, May 02, 2014 | 05:11 pm

CHATTANOOGA – Recognizing the importance of mentors in the lives of children in the east Tennessee area, Bledsoe County Correctional Complex (BCCX) held a fundraiser raising $1,119.43. BCCX staff organized a doughnut sale for the offenders of the institution as well as themselves. The Chattanooga Probation and Parole Office also made donations to go towards the charity event. The money was raised as a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chattanooga’s annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake Bowling event.