Governor Haslam Proclaims Correctional Professionals Week

Saturday, May 05, 2012 | 03:45 pm

NASHVILLE - The more than 5,000 Department of Correction employees who work in the state's prisons are being honored for helping to maintain public safety.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed May 6-12, 2012 as Correctional Professionals Week in Tennessee.  By maintaining custody and control of more than 20,000 inmates, Tennessee's correctional professionals are required to co-exist and work with inmates, while encouraging them to develop the necessary skills to become productive citizens.

Turney Center Prison Incident

Saturday, May 05, 2012 | 02:00 pm

NASHVILLE - The Department of Correction is investigating an incident at the Turney Center Industrial Prison in Hickman County in which two officers and two inmates were injured.

TDOC and TBI Foil Escape Attempt

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | 10:20 am

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Correction have foiled a plan to break the lone female death row inmate out of the Tennessee Prison for Women and arrested the individuals involved in the escape plot.  Today, 36-year-old Christa Gail Pike remains behind bars and two others have been charged with planning her escape from prison.

TDOC Foils Attempt To Smuggle Contraband

Friday, March 16, 2012 | 03:25 pm

MEMPHIS - An attempt to smuggle contraband into a state prison has been foiled by the Department of Correction's Office of Investigations and Compliance.  Two Memphis residents have been arrested after trying to mail cell phones, drugs and tobacco into the Hardeman County Correctional Facility in Whiteville.  The contraband items were intercepted at the prison's sally port.

TDOC Career Fair Planned For 400 Positions

Friday, March 09, 2012 | 10:26 am

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Correction will hold a series of career fairs this month in anticipation of the January 2013 opening of the new Bledsoe County Correctional Complex.  More than 400 employees are needed to fill positions including teacher, correctional officer, maintenance, food service, counselor, medical and clerical. 

TDOC Reminds Victims To Register For Notification

Friday, February 17, 2012 | 03:47 pm

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) is committed to serving the interests of crime victims while promoting public safety.  As a reminder, victims of crime or their families can register with the TDOC if they want to be notified of changes in an offender's status.

Haslam Unveils Comprehensive Public Safety Strategy

Thursday, January 05, 2012 | 03:21 pm

Multi-year action plan resulting from collaboration of 11 state agencies

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a comprehensive, multi-year action plan designed to improve public safety statewide. 

The Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet Working Group, which includes commissioners and representatives from 11 state agencies, submitted the plan after months of meetings with more than 300 public safety professionals and stakeholders across the state.

Warden Named at Morgan County

Thursday, December 29, 2011 | 09:23 am

WARTBURG - Commissioner Derrick Schofield has announced the appointment of John "Tony" Howerton to the position of Warden at the Morgan County Correctional Complex, effective January 9, 2012.

International Conference Held In Nashville

Thursday, November 10, 2011 | 05:09 pm

NASHVILLE - Correctional Professionals from around the world will gather in Nashville next week for the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel Conference (IACTP).  The event will bring more than 60 trainers, training administrators and educators representing all aspects of adult and juvenile justice to Tennessee.

TDOC Closes CBCX-Annex

Monday, November 07, 2011 | 04:31 pm

NASHVILLE - Commissioner Derrick Schofield announced today the closure of the Charles Bass Correctional Complex - Annex.  While the decision to close the facility happened quickly, the planning for this contingency has been well underway as part of the agency's top to bottom review.