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.

TDOC To Host Family And Friends Forum

Monday, October 06, 2014 | 08:15 pm

NASHVILLE – On Wednesday, October 15th, 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 the policies, procedures and daily operations of the Tennessee Department of Correction.

News Media Witnesses Selected

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | 06:08 pm

NASHVILLE - In accordance with Tennessee law, representatives from the following news media agencies have been selected to witness the execution of Billy Ray Irick on October 7, 2014:

The Associated Press – Travis Loller

Nashville Scene – Steven Hale

The Knoxville News Sentinel – Jamie Satterfield

WPLN – Bobby Allyn

WSMV – Alanna Autler

WBIR – Jim Matheny

Columbia Daily Herald – Vanessa Curry

TDOC Career Fair Planned for West Tennessee Facilities

Friday, September 12, 2014 | 06:08 pm

HENNING/TIPTONVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Correction will be holding two job fairs next week. TDOC recruiters will be on hand to discuss career opportunities at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary (WTSP) and Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) facilities. There are currently 35 correctional officer positions available at WTSP and 38 at NWCX.

Billy Ray Irick Execution Advisory

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 11:26 am

NASHVILLE – In accordance with state law, the Department of Correction is now accepting applications from recognized news organizations to serve as statutorily required witnesses for the scheduled execution of death row inmate Billy Ray Irick.  The execution is currently scheduled for 7pm on October 7, 2014.

Employee Arrested For Misappropriation Of Funds

Monday, September 08, 2014 | 05:40 pm

NASHVILLE -  A former Tennessee Department of Correction employee has been indicted by the Davidson County Grand Jury on several charges including official misconduct and theft over $60,000.  Mary M. Williams, a former records clerk at Tennessee Prison for Women, is accused of siphoning money from offenders’ accounts over the course of three-years.

TDOC To Host Family and Friends Forum

Monday, September 08, 2014 | 11:30 am

JACKSON – The Department of Correction will hold an open forum for family and friends of offenders. This is part of the ongoing mission to operate safe and secure prisons and provide effective community supervision in order to enhance public safety.  The first of three forums will take place in West Tennessee with subsequent forums planned for East and Middle Tennessee later this year. Family and friends of offenders currently incarcerated or on community supervision are invited to attend.

New Probation and Parole Office Opens Monday

Friday, August 15, 2014 | 02:26 pm

NASHVILLE – Effective Monday, offenders that normally report to the Tennessee Department of Correction’s Dickerson Road Probation/Parole office will now report to the new office at 212 Pavilion Boulevard.  This office is located in the Plus Park just off Murfreesboro Road.

The emergency location at Metro Police Department Madison Precinct Community Resource Room will be closed starting Monday.  Probation/Parole staff will be available at the Pavilion Boulevard location from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.