No More Victims Walk

Thursday, September 29, 2011 | 03:05 pm

NASHVILLE - Commissioner Derrick Schofield and former Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte will lead the second annual "No More Victims" walk on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the historic Tennessee State Prison.

The TDOC has partnered with "You Have the Power" to host the walk which highlights the victim's rights and the impact of crime on their lives.  Each TDOC correctional facility will host fund raising events with proceeds to be donated to victims' rights organizations.

Inmate Lockridge Captured

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 | 11:02 am

NASHVILLE - An inmate who escaped from a Nashville work-release facility is back in the Department of Correction custody.  Romeous Lockridge, 28, was arrested by the TDOC agents after he showed up at a North Nashville hospital seeking medical treatment. Lockridge escaped from the Charles Bass Correctional Complex - Annex around 9:00 p.m. Monday night.  He was back in custody less than eight hours later.

Nursing Shortage at Nashville Prison

Wednesday, September 07, 2011 | 11:15 am

NASHVILLE - The Department of Correction will hold a job fair this weekend to address a critical shortage of nurses at a Nashville prison.  Several RN and LPN positions, both full-time and part-time, are available at the Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility.  The facility provides acute and convalescent health care, intensive mental health intervention and other services for offenders.

Escaped Inmate Captured

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 | 09:56 am

NASHVILLE - An inmate who escaped from a Department of Correction work crew on August 24, 2011 is back in custody.  Jacob Foster, 28, was working with a group of inmates on I-440/I-24 in Davidson County when he ran from correctional officers.

TDOC Search For Escaped Inmate

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 | 03:42 pm

NASHVILLE - The Department of Correction is searching for an inmate who escaped from a community service work crew in Nashville this afternoon.  Jacob Foster, 28, was picking up liter on I-440/I-65S in Davidson County when he ran from correctional officers. Foster is serving a 23-year sentence for several theft and burglary convictions out of Sumner County.  He would have been eligible for parole in 2016.

TDOC Presents Award to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 | 12:00 pm

$250,000 Presented in Support of Mentoring Program for Children of Prisoners

NASHVILLE - Some of the children most at risk in Tennessee are on the path towards a brighter future thanks to $250,000 in funding provided to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi Initiative.  The Tennessee Amachi Initiative provides mentors to children whose parents are in prison.  Its mission is to break the intergenerational cycle of crime and incarceration and give an often forgotten group of children the chance to reach their highest potential.  The Tennessee General Assembly and the Tennessee Department of Correction agreed that this funding was a prudent investment in the future of some of our community's most vulnerable children.

First Of Its Kind Release Center Opens

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 | 07:38 pm

CHATTANOOGA - Commissioner Derrick D. Schofield will join U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, White House Drug Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske and CEO of The Next Door, Linda Leathers in opening the first-ever female release center in Tennessee.  The Next Door Chattanooga will provide transitional housing and services to incarcerated female offenders.

Haslam Proclaims Corrections Professionals Week

Monday, May 02, 2011 | 01:13 pm

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed May 1-7, 2011 as Correctional Professionals Week in Tennessee.  The weeklong observance recognizes the contributions of more than 5,000 TDOC employees who work to enhance public safety and operate safe and secure prisons.

Victim Impact Appreciation

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | 04:17 pm

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Correction paid special tribute to crime victims who volunteer their time in state prisons.  Understanding the impact of their crimes on victims is one of the key components in keeping inmates from re-offending.  Each week, victim speakers share their stories with offenders and discuss the far-reaching affect of crime.