Former Offender To Share His Success At Take One Reception

Friday, April 10, 2015 | 02:41 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Correction will host a reception for the Take One program on Monday, April 13, 2015 in Nashville.  Take One pairs offenders nearing release from prison with faith based and nonprofit organizations and encourages each organization to mentor one offender for a year.  This partnership provides offenders with an additional layer of support to help them successfully re-enter society.

TDOC To Host 2nd Annual 5K At Historic State Penitentiary

Thursday, April 09, 2015 | 01:36 pm

NASHVILLE – As a part of our ongoing effort to support Governor Bill Haslam’s Healthier Tennessee initiative, the Tennessee Department of Correction will hold its 2nd Annual 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, May 16th, 2015.  The event will take place at the historic Tennessee State Penitentiary, giving participants an up-close look at the site which has been the setting for movies including The Green Mile and The Last Castle.

TDOC and Community Partners to Hold Resource Fair

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 02:38 pm

WARTBURG – The Tennessee Department of Correction is partnering with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and Morgan County area businesses and organizations to hold a resource and information fair for offenders soon to be released. Over 40 organizations will be on-hand to provide information and assistance with job placement, education, health care and faith-based community support.

Department of Correction To Hold Career Fair

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | 02:51 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Correction will hold a nursing and health care spring hiring event on Friday, March 20, 2015 at Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility in Nashville.  More than 20 nursing positions are currently open at DeBerry.  Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses are urged to attend.  Tours of the prison facility will be provided for applicants and interviews will be arranged for those who qualify.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | 11:50 am
Edward Harris
Edward Harris

WARTBURG – The Department of Correction is investigating an apparent homicide at the Morgan County Correctional Complex in Wartburg following an altercation between two inmates.  As a result of the altercation, 58-year-old inmate Edward Harris was pronounced dead at a local hospital around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.   Harris was serving a life sentence for a 1986 homicide in Sevier County. 

As with all in-custody deaths, other than natural causes, the Department will ask the TBI to assist in the investigation.

TDOC Accepting Applications for Spring Citizens' Correctional Academy

Friday, February 13, 2015 | 04:27 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Correction is now accepting applications for the spring 2015 Citizens’ Correctional Academy. The academy is a four week/six session program designed to give Tennesseans an in-depth look at the state’s largest law enforcement agency. Classes will be held every Tuesday evening during the month of May in Nashville.

TDOC And Community Partners To Hold Resource Fair

Thursday, January 08, 2015 | 09:57 am

MURFREESBORO – The Tennessee Department of Correction is partnering with the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of Rutherford County and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to hold a resource and information fair for ex-offenders.  Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with potential employers, and more than 30 organizations will be on hand to provide information and assistance with job training and placement, education, legal issues, health care and faith-based community support.  Ex-offenders and their family members are encouraged to attend the fair, which is a first of its kind event for the Murfreesboro area.

Strategic Restructuring Plan Included in TDOC Budget Presentation

Friday, December 05, 2014 | 10:23 am

NASHVILLE – On Friday, December 5th, Commissioner Derrick Schofield delivered the TDOC budget presentation to Governor Haslam.  This proposal includes a portion of the TDOC long-term strategic vision that involves the closing of Charles Bass Correctional Complex.  While shuttering CBCX will create a savings of more than $16.4 million for the state of Tennessee, the closing also accomplishes three milestones that are critical to the long term success of TDOC.

"Tennessee Season to Remember" Honors Victims of Homicide

Thursday, December 04, 2014 | 05:00 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Thursday evening hosted the 12th annual “Tennessee Season to Remember” ceremony at First Baptist Church in Nashville to honor victims of homicide. Haslam was joined by several state and local public safety officials. During the ceremony, families from across Tennessee placed ornaments on memorial wreaths in honor of their loved ones.

Gregory Thompson Dies At 52

Friday, November 28, 2014 | 01:02 pm
Gregory Thompson
Gregory Thompson

NASHVILLE – Death Row inmate Gregory Thompson has passed away at the age of 52.  He was pronounced dead at 5:40 p.m. on Thursday, November 27th at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville.  Thompson died of natural causes. 

Thompson was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in Coffee County in 1985.