Dedication Ceremony For Officer Morgan

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 | 03:06 pm
Officer Wayne "Cotton" Morgan
Officer Wayne "Cotton" Morgan

WARTBURG - It has been seven years since Correctional Officer Wayne "Cotton" Morgan was killed in the line of duty while escorting an inmate from the Roane County Courthouse.  A 28-year employee of the Department of Correction and a Vietnam War Veteran, Officer Morgan was two years away from retirement when an inmate's wife shot and killed him during an escape plot.

TDOC Awards $250,000 Grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Friday, July 20, 2012 | 11:12 am

NASHVILLE - Recognizing the importance of mentors in the lives of children of incarcerated parents, the Tennessee Department of Correction has awarded a $250,000 grant to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi initiative.  The program works to break the intergenerational cycle of crime and incarceration and gives an often forgotten group of children the chance to reach their highest potential.

TDOC Names Bishop Head of OIC

Monday, July 02, 2012 | 04:27 pm

NASHVILLE, TN- Commissioner Derrick D. Schofield is pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph Bishop as Director of the Office of Investigations and Compliance (OIC). Bishop is a 32-year veteran of law enforcement and has served as Chief of the Columbia, Tennessee Police Department since 2008. As head of the OIC, Bishop will oversee the Department’s law enforcement, special operations, and compliance units. 

TDOC Clinical Services Director Named

Tuesday, June 05, 2012 | 03:52 pm

NASHVILLE - Commissioner Derrick D. Schofield has appointed Dr. Marina Cadreche, Psy.D. to the position of Director of Clinical Services for the Tennessee Department of Correction.  Dr. Cadreche previously served as the Department's Mental Health Director.  In her new role, she will oversee medical, mental health and substance abuse services provided to the inmate population.

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.