Board of Parole

BOPP Restricts Sex Offenders from Halloween Activities

Friday, October 21, 2011 | 03:05 pm
Nashville, Tennessee --- The Board of Probation and Parole’s officers are again enforcing Halloween and fall festival restrictions against sex offenders under the agency’s supervision. Each sex offender has signed a letter acknowledging that they are prohibited from participating in Halloween activities. BOPP Chairman Charles Traughber said, “The safety of Tennessee’s communities is the top job for our staff all year long. But each year, we inform sex offenders under our supervision that Halloween and fall festival activities are inappropriate for them. The offenders also sign a letter acknowledging they understand and will comply with these restrictions.”
 

Collins Honored with 2011 Mary Walker Award

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 | 10:17 am
Nashville, Tennessee --- A Johnson City woman is the recipient of the Board of Probation and Parole’s highest employee award. Margie Collins, BOPP’s Deputy District Director for upper east Tennessee, is the 2011 recipient of the Mary Walker Award, which recognizes both professional and personal excellence.
 

Thirty Graduate from Thinking for a Change

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 | 11:21 am
Nashville, Tennessee --- Thirty probationers and parolees under supervision of the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole are being recognized for completing the cognitive behavior program, Thinking for a Change. Each graduate has completed 22 classes in order to be eligible for graduation.
 
Board Chairman Charles Traughber said, “BOPP works to protect the public and prevent crime. Thinking for a Change has been successful in helping people develop stronger life skills, and in teaching them to use better reasoning when making critical decisions. People with these skills are less likely to commit crimes. This program and other evidence-based programs used by BOPP are directing many offenders to lead law-abiding lives.”
 

Probation and Parole Officers' Work Honored This Week

Monday, July 18, 2011 | 12:00 pm
Nashville, Tennessee --- The Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole (BOPP) is joining with other agencies across the country to honor the Probation and Parole Officers who supervise offenders in the community. July 17-23, 2011 is national Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week. Governor Bill Haslam has issued a proclamation marking the celebration in Tennessee.
 

Tree-Planting Events Honor Courage of Crime Victims

Monday, April 11, 2011 | 11:16 am
041111-Speaker Beth Harwell and Chairman Charles Traughber
041111-Speaker Beth Harwell and Chairman Charles Traughber
NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam, Speaker Beth Harwell and Board of Probation and Parole (BOPP) Chairman Charles Traughber are honoring crime victims during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 10 - 16) with 12 tree-planting ceremonies in communities across Tennessee. The kickoff event took place in Nashville on Monday morning, April 11, at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.  
 
“A tree is a symbol of strength, determination and perseverance and that is a powerful comparison to what we see from crime victims who overcome tragedy to make a difference in their communities,” Haslam said. “It is important that we remember and recognize the challenges facing victims and their families, as well as the dedication of advocates who help them in the healing process.” 
 

Board of Probation and Parole and Metro Nashville PD Target Gangs with GPS Pilot

Thursday, March 03, 2011 | 01:07 pm
BOPP Chairman Charles Traughber and MNPD Chief Steve Anderson
BOPP Chairman Charles Traughber and MNPD Chief Steve Anderson
Nashville, Tennessee --- The Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole and the Metro Nashville Police Department are collaborating on a pilot program to assess the impact global positioning system (GPS) monitoring may have on gang-related activity. Ten offenders with suspected gang associations have been placed on GPS for the pilot.
 
“Our goal is no more victims,” said Board Chairman Charles Traughber. “GPS is a tool that tells us where an offender is and tracks his or her movements. We’re sharing this technology with Metro Police to determine whether it can have an impact on gang activity in the area.”
 

BOPP Restricts Sex Offenders From Halloween Activities

Monday, October 18, 2010 | 09:52 am

Nashville, Tennessee --- Sex offenders under supervision of the Tennessee Board of Probation & Parole are again being restricted from taking part in any Halloween or fall and harvest activities. Each sex offender has signed a letter acknowledging that they are prohibited from participating in Halloween activities. BOPP Executive Director Bo Irvin said, “Maintaining public safety is the Board of Probation and Parole’s primary mission. We put these restrictions in writing to make sure the sex offenders we supervise know what activities are inappropriate for them.”

 

BOPP Launches Batterers Intervention Program

Thursday, October 07, 2010 | 08:45 am
NASHVILLE --- The Board of Probation and Parole is working to stop domestic violence by intervening with the offenders it supervises. A new course called Courage to Change is a 24-week program for probationers and parolees who have a history of domestic violence.
 
“Domestic violence is a serious issue in Tennessee,” said Board Chairman Charles Traughber. “The Violence Policy Center’s When Men Murder Women Report shows Tennessee is fifth in the nation in homicides where men kill women. And Tennessee has been ranked in the top 12 states in the country for this type of crime since 2000.”
 

BOPP Providing Enhanced Services to Crime Victims

Thursday, September 23, 2010 | 08:31 am
NASHVILLE - The Board of Probation and Parole is using technology to help victims of crime take part in the parole process. The agency’s video-conferencing equipment allows victims to participate in hearings from a BOPP office near home, without incurring expensive travel costs. It also allows victims to speak without being in the same room as the offender in their case.
 
“The victim’s perspective is a key element in the parole review process,” says Board Chairman Charles Traughber. “It’s important that we make it as comfortable as possible for victims to provide their statements.”