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Commissioner Derrick D. Schofield

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Derrick D. Schofield has served as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) since 2011. He is a nationally recognized leader in corrections and previously served as Assistant Commissioner and Chief of Staff of the Georgia Department of Corrections.

As Commissioner of the TDOC, Schofield oversees 14 prisons, a training academy, 45 probation and parole offices and headquarters. He is responsible for 109,000 offenders, 6,800 employees and a $950 million operating budget.

Since becoming Commissioner, Schofield has successfully passed legislation to create a seamless system of supervision of adult felony offenders under one agency, partnered to open the first female transition center in Tennessee and reorganized the Correctional Counselor structure to provide improved offender programming, case management and reentry planning.

Prior to his career in corrections, Schofield served in the United States Army where he reached the rank of Captain. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Fort Valley State University and a Master's of Public Administration (MPA) from Columbus State University. He is also a graduate of Georgia's Law Enforcement Command College and is pursuing his doctorate degree from Tennessee Temple University.


Schofield is the President of the Southern Region of the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA). He also serves on the Performance Measures, Racial Disparity, Substance Abuse and Mental Health committees of the ASCA. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI), the Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Correction (TRICOR) and is a member of the Advisory Boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, Volunteer State College, Tennessee Voices for Victims and a Presidential Advisor to the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice.

A.C.T. - Accountability, Communication, Teamwork

Above and Beyond Award


The TDOC was honored with the Above and Beyond Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The recognition was presented to Commissioner Schofield based on the support given to our team members who served our country.

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