Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) under the authority of T.C.A. 41-4-140, is required to establish minimum standards for adult local jails, lock-ups, workhouses and detention facilities in the state. The agency's Board of Control establishes the standards to inspect and certify local correctional facilities. Inspections and re-inspections are conducted within the mandated timeframe to ensure compliance of all standards for the purpose of certification.

The Tennessee Corrections Institute is responsible for educating local correctional staff while providing and monitoring basic certification and annual in-service training for personnel within local adult correctional detention facilities.

The Tennessee Corrections Institute provides technical assistance and conducts research in relation to requests from local correctional detention facilities, the TN legislature and other state agencies.

The Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control is authorized under the authority of 41-7-106 (f) to grant pre-employment waivers to correctional officers in local adult correctional facilities.