TDOC Offers Offenders Career Assistance

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | 11:30 am

JASPER – The Department of Correction is committed to enhancing public safety in Tennessee. One way it aims to do that is by offering career-planning assistance to offenders under TDOC supervision.

The Department of Correction Employment Specialist will team up with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce to bring its mobile Career Coach to Jasper on February 25, 2014.

Operation Rocky Top

Monday, February 10, 2014 | 08:05 am

KNOXVILLE - Continuing with its mission to enhance public safety the Tennessee Department of Correction visited the homes of more than 50 high risk offenders Thursday, February 6, 2014. The “warrant sweep”, named Operation Rocky Top, was designed to increase the safety of Knoxville residents by serving outstanding warrants and apprehending high risk offenders in the Knoxville area.

TDOC Launches First Community Impact Program

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | 02:48 pm

MEMPHIS – The first of its kind program aimed at enhancing public safety in Tennessee has been launched as part of a collaboration between the Department of Correction, the Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. The Community Impact Program (CIP) is a law enforcement model that incorporates on-site collaboration between probation/parole and local law enforcement to maximize resources in monitoring high risk offenders. The CIP combines four critical components including crime prevention, supervision, surveillance and apprehension.

TDOC Contraband Arrests

Thursday, December 19, 2013 | 05:13 pm

NASHVILLE – As part of the ongoing effort to operate safe and secure prisons, the Department of Correction (TDOC) has made several arrests in connection with the introduction of contraband into state prisons. The arrests were made at four facilities this month, Morgan County Correctional (MCCX), Northeast Correctional Complex (NECX), Turney Center Industrial Complex (TCIX) and West Tennessee State Penitentiary (WTSP).

Inmate Michael W. Howell Death

Thursday, December 19, 2013 | 12:58 am
Michael W. Howell #131503
Michael W. Howell #131503

NASHVILLE – Death row inmate Michael Wayne Howell was pronounced dead of natural causes on December 18, 2013 at 10:08 a.m. at the Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility in Nashville.

Howell, 54, was convicted of First Degree Murder and Grand Larceny in Shelby County. He was sentenced to death on October 26, 1989 for the 1987 murder of Alvin Kennedy, a Memphis convenience store clerk.

Howell was also convicted of First Degree Murder and sentenced to death in Oklahoma for the November 2, 1987 shooting death of Sgt. Charlene Calhoun.

Billy Irick Execution Advisory

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | 12:40 pm

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 Irick. The execution is currently scheduled for 7 p.m. CST on January 15, 2014.

"Tennessee Season to Remember" Honors Homicide Victims

Thursday, December 05, 2013 | 06:58 pm

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam this evening hosted the 11th annual “Tennessee Season to Remember” ceremony at First Baptist Church in Nashville to honor victims of homicide. Gov. Haslam was joined by state and local public safety officials to the ceremony, at which families from across Tennessee placed ornaments on memorial wreaths in honor of their loved ones.

Victims of Homicide to Be Remembered During 11th Annual Tennessee Season to Remember Event

Wednesday, December 04, 2013 | 11:04 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will be joined by state and local public safety officials to host the 11th annual “Tennessee Season to Remember” on Thursday, December 5, 2013.

The ceremony to honor and remember victims of homicide will take place at First Baptist Church in downtown Nashville.

TDOC Family and Friends Forum

Monday, December 02, 2013 | 04:08 pm

KNOXVILLE – The Department of Correction will hold an open forum for family and friends who may have questions or concerns about an offender under TDOC supervision. The third forum held this year will be conducted in Knoxville on December 19. Department of Correction leadership will be available to meet and answer general questions about policies, procedures and daily operations.

Operation Turkey Day

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 | 04:44 pm
Operation Turkey Day
Operation Turkey Day

HENNING – A simultaneous interception of deliveries into all West Tennessee prisons was conducted today by the Department’s Office of Investigations and Compliance. “Operation Turkey Day” was an effort to stop the introduction of contraband into the following facilities: