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Prison Tours

The Tennessee Department of Correction frequently offers tours of correctional facilities to various groups and organizations.


NOTE: In case of inclement weather, tours will not be held.


To schedule a tour, identify the facility you would like to visit and refer to the guidelines and scheduling information for that facility.


Bledsoe County Correctional Complex
(formerly Southeastern Tennessee State Regional Correctional Facility)


BCCX provides institutional tours for select school groups focusing on criminal justice, history and government issues.  An average tour begins with a briefing on what to expect during the tour, followed by a routine search.  The students are then divided into groups of 8-10 students, plus a chaperone.  An institutional tour guide will accompany each group during their stay at the prison.


The groups will visit selected areas of the institution including the education wing, prison industry, the dining hall and a housing unit.  Once the tour is completed, students return to the program area where they'll have an opportunity to ask questions of inmates being housed at the facility.


The tours average around three hours in length.  Currently, the facility offers roughly a dozen tours per year.


"Look at Me"


BCCX also conducts the "Look at Me" program, which specifically targets area school students who have demonstrated poor behavior.  The program involves candid discussions with inmates and volunteers who can hopefully deter youths from continuing to display bad behavior.  This program lasts about two hours and is conducted approximately six times per year as requested by the school officials.


For information on how to schedule a tour, call (423) 881-3251.


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Charles Bass Correctional Complex


Charles Bass Correctional Complex offers tours to college groups of up to 30.  Students must be accompanied by a minimum of three chaperones/sponsors.

Guidelines:

  1. Sponsors for each tour group will be responsible for submitting an alphabetized list of individuals who plan to visit.  The list should be mailed or faxed to the institution at least two days prior to the tour in order for individuals to be processed through the checkpoint quickly.

  2. Personal items such as purses, wallets, phones, beepers, nail clippers, etc. will not be allowed into the prison.  Photo ID's and car keys are the exception to this rule.  A photo ID is not required to enter.

  3. Individuals entering the institution must meet the dress code.  All midriffs and torsos must be covered.  Sagging pants will not be permitted.  Shirts must have sleeves.  Dresses, split skirts and shorts must extend to the top of the knee.  Any revealing attire made of spandex, translucent or transparent material is considered inappropriate.  Clothing containing picture logos, slogans or vulgarity with be prohibited.  Overalls, suspenders and tank tops are prohibited.  Shoes must be worn.  Processing officers will check all individuals for Security Threat Group items.

  4. Individuals entering the institution must clear the metal detector.  Shoes or boots that contain metal will not clear the metal detector and will have to be removed.  Excessive jewelry will also set off the metal detector.  All the above items will slow down the process of clearing checkpoint, which will, unfortunately, shorten the length of the tour.

For more information on scheduling a tour at CBCX, contact Dan Haskins at (615) 350-3361, ext. 1601.


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Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility


Prisons are a mystery to most people.  Very few citizens have had any exposure to a prison environment other than what they have seen regarding incarceration through the movies and television.  Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility offers tours of the facility to groups and community organizations in an effort to better illustrate the consequences of criminal behavior


For further information, contact the office of the Warden at (615) 350-2700, ext. 2741.


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Mark H. Luttrell Correctional Center


The Mark H. Luttrell Correctional Center offers tours to college groups of up to 30. Students must be accompanied by a minimum of three chaperones/sponsors. All person requesting admittance must have a valid school or state issued I.D. card.


Sponsors for each tour group will be responsible for submitting an alphabetized list of individuals who plan to visit. The list should be mailed, emailed, or faxed to the institution at least (7) seven days prior to the tour in order for individuals to be processed through the checkpoint quickly.


Personal items such as purses, money, phones, beepers, nail clippers, etc. will not be allowed into the prison. Photo ID's and car keys are the exception to this rule.


Individuals entering the institution must meet the dress code. All midriffs and torsos must be covered. Sagging pants will not be permitted. Shirts must have sleeves. Dresses, split skirts and shorts must extend to the top of the knee. Any revealing attire made of spandex, translucent or transparent material is considered inappropriate. Clothing containing picture logos, slogans or vulgarity will be prohibited. Overalls, suspenders and tank tops are prohibited as well as camouflage clothing. Shoes must be worn.


The processing officers will check all individuals for security threat group items which are prohibited.


Individuals entering the institution must clear the metal detector. Shoes or boots that contain metal will not clear the metal detector and will have to be removed. Excessive jewelry will also set off the metal detector.


All the above items will slow down the process of clearning checkpoint, which will, unfortunately, shorten the length of the tour.


For more information on how to obtain a tour of the facility, contact:


Stanley Dickerson, Deputy Warden
Mark Luttrell Correctional Center
6000 State Road
Memphis, Tennessee  38134
(901) 531-1800

email


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Morgan County Correctional Complex


The Morgan County Correctional Complex is located on the Cumberland Plateau approximately 50 miles northwest of Knoxville, Tennessee.


MCCX opened in September 1980 and was originally constructed to house 400 low-risk offenders.  In 1983, an annex designed to house minimum custody inmates was constructed.  In 1992, the facility was changed from a medium/close institution to a minimum custody institution. On December 16, 2005 the Tennessee Department of Correction broke ground on a 1,428 bed prison expansion.  The expansion was completed in May 2009 and is currently designated as maximum security while housing all security classifications with an operating capacity of 2,441 inmates.


MCCC offers tours to community groups including college groups, civic organizations and church groups. Tours can be designed to facilitate the needs of each group and will include program buildings, operation buildings, and inmate housing units.


For guidelines and scheduling information, please contact Linda Griffith at (423) 346-1318.


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Northeast Correctional Complex


Northeast Correctional Complex offers as many as two tours per week to college classes, community interest groups, Board of Probation & Parole, etc.


Groups are given a narrated tour of the institution followed by a brief question and answer session with inmates housed at the facility.


Sponsors for each tour group will be responsible for submitting an alphabetized list of individuals who plan to visit.  The list should be mailed or faxed to the institution prior to the tour in order for individuals to be processed through the checkpoint quickly and efficiently.  Photo identification is required.


The following guidelines have been set to better benefit a visit to NECX:

  1. Pockets must be empty.  No weapons, pocketknives, billfolds, purses, cell phones, pagers, money, gum, etc. will be allowed inside the prison.  ID's and car keys are the exception to this rule.

  2. NECX is a tobacco free facility.  Use of tobacco products is prohibited on state property.  All tobacco products must remain in the vehicle.

  3. All individuals must be dressed appropriately.  Undergarments must be worn.  All midriffs and torsos must be covered.  Shirts must have sleeves.  Pants will be pulled up to fit with a belt if needed.  Slips must be worn with dresses/skirts and the dress/skirt must extend to the top of the knee.  All attire that is revealing, spandex, or is translucent is considered inappropriate.  Clothing with logos that contain pictures, slogans, profanity, or vulgarity is prohibited.  This includes any item the checkpoint officer associates with any Security Threat Group.  Overalls, suspenders, tank tops, spaghetti straps, and shorts are not allowed.  Camouflage clothing or accessories of any pattern or color are prohibited.  No stripes of any kind on pants or jeans.  No excessive jewelry or watches.  Shoes must be worn.

  4. All individuals entering the institution must clear the metal detector at checkpoint.  Shoes or boots containing metal will not clear the metal detector and must be removed.  Excessive jewelry is not allowed, as it will set off the metal detector.

  5. All above guidelines must be followed or the process will be slowed at checkpoint which will, unfortunately, shorten the length of the tour.

For more information on scheduling a tour of NECX, contact the office of Todd Wiggins, Deputy Warden at (423) 727-7387 extension 1178.


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Northwest Correctional Complex


Northwest Correctional Complex offers tours to college groups of up to 25.  At the completion of the tour, a group of inmates selected by the prison will provide information about their criminal history and discuss lessons they've learned from their experience.


Guidelines:

- A list of students and sponsors must be faxed to the facility prior to the tour.


- Students must be accompanied by a minimum of two sponsors.


- Personal items such as money, purses, phones, beepers, etc. must be left in the vehicle.


- Individuals must be pat searched and clear the metal detector at checkpoint before entering.


- Individuals entering the institution must meet the dress code.  All midriffs and torsos must be covered.  Sagging pants will not be permitted.  Shirts must have sleeves.  Dresses, split skirts and shorts must extend to the top of the knee.  Any revealing attire made of spandex, translucent or transparent material is considered inappropriate.  Clothing containing picture logos, slogans or vulgarity will be prohibited.  Overalls, suspenders and tank tops are prohibited.  Shoes must be worn.


- NWCX is a tobacco-free facility.  Use of tobacco products is prohibited on state property.  All tobacco products must remain in the vehicle.

For more information on scheduling a tour, call Charles Chadwick at (731) 253-5000, ext. 2850.


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Riverbend Maximum Security Institution


The following is a list of RMSI rules and regulations for members of groups touring Riverbend.


GROUP SIZE


High school groups will be limited to 25 students, accompanied by a minimum of three chaperones/sponsors.  College classes will be limited to 35 individuals, not including the instructor.  Students must be at least 16 years of age and not be under jurisdiction of a juvenile court.


Each group touring the institution should submit an alphabetized list of individuals who will be attending.  This will assist in processing the students through checkpoint.  The list should be mailed or faxed to (615) 350-3400 prior to the tour.  Picture ID's or social security numbers are not required.


The sponsor(s) of the tour will be responsible for providing each individual with a copy of the guidelines and individuals will be held responsible for adherence to the guidelines.


PERSONAL PROPERTY


A picture ID (driver's license, school ID, etc.) and car keys (if applicable) are the only personal property allowed to be brought into the institution.  All other personal items (purses, money, medications, billfolds, phones, beepers, gum, etc.) are restricted from entry.  Be advised that no drugs, alcohol or weapons are allowed on state property.  Vehicles are subject to search at any time.


DRESS CODE


All individuals entering the institution must be dressed appropriately.  Undergarments must be worn.  Midriffs and torsos must be covered.  Shirts must have sleeves.  Dresses, split skirts, and shorts must extend to the top of the knee.  Attire that is revealing, made of spandex, or is transparent or translucent is considered to be inappropriate.  Clothing with logos that contain pictures, slogans, or vulgarity, and any clothing determined by the processing officer to be associated with any Security Threat Group is inappropriate.  (Association may be made by color combination, designs, or logos affixed to the clothing or how the clothing is being worn.)  Camouflage attire, overalls, suspenders and tank tops are inappropriate.  Shoes must be worn.  NO FLIP FLOPS.


METAL DETECTOR


All individuals entering the institution must clear the metal detector at checkpoint.  Shoes or boots that contain metal will not clear the detector and will have to be removed.  Excessive metal jewelry may set off the detector.  Although these items are not prohibited, it is suggested that they not be worn because the time required for removing and replacing them will shorten your tour.


If you are interested in scheduling a tour, call Deputy Warden's office at (615) 350-3100, extension 3121.


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Tennessee Prison for Women


GROUP SIZE


The Tennessee Prison for Women offers tours to high school and college groups, not to exceed 25 people. Tours are offered Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students must be at least 16 years old and accompanied by at least two chaperones.


A list of participants must be faxed to the facility (615) 253-5390 at least a week prior to the tour.


PERSONAL PROPERTY


All persons entering the facility shall be subject to search. State law prohibits weapons, alcohol, drugs and illegal contraband on state property (including the parking areas). Tour participants shall leave all personal items in their vehicles, with the exception of vehicle keys and one form of photo ID (preferred but not required for minors). No money, cell phones, pagers, etc., are allowed.


DRESS CODE


All persons, including minors, must be properly dressed. Anyone deemed to be inappropriately attired shall not be allowed to enter the facility. The following are general dress guidelines and may not cover all issues related to appropriate attire:

- Clothes shall fit well, and be neither extremely loose or snug.


- Shoes must be worn. Thongs, flip flops, and slides are not allowed.


- Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be no more than 3 inches above the knee. Any slits or splits in these garments must likewise be no more than 3 inches above the knee. Pants, shorts, etc., must be worn in the position intended (i.e., waistband at the waist).


- Spandex or other similar material, transparent/sheer materials, camouflage designs and gang symbols are not allowed.


- Shirts must have sleeves, be buttoned (if have buttons), and the shirt tail must come below the waist (may be tucked into pants). No chest or midriff/stomach exposure is allowed.


- Undergarments appropriate to gender must be worn.


- Tour participants may not wear excessive clothing, such as two pair of pants or an extra shirt under their top layer of clothing. A jacket or coat in cold weather is allowed.

For more information on scheduling a tour at TPFW, call Chantal Falavel Bishop at (615) 741-1255, extention 7289.


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West Tennessee State Penitentiary


"Don't Follow Me" Program

The "Don't Follow Me" program is designed to educate adults on critical decision making skills.  The program allows participants to tour the institution and get a first hand look at prison life through the eyes of inmates and staff.


The program consists of the following two phases:

Phase I - Facility Tour:  A visit to the maximum security units and inmate work sites.


Phase II - Testimonial:  Selected inmates and staff share stories in the prison chapel.  The testimonial period allows visitors to hear personal accounts of the decision making process which led men to prison.  It also allows various staff members to give their perspective on working in a prison environment.

Past participants have come from leadership groups, colleges and universities, and local law enforcement agencies in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.


The "Don't Follow Me" program continues to be a great success in aiding individuals in positive decision making skills.


To schedule a visit or for more information concerning the West Tennessee State Penitentiary "Don't Follow Me" program, please contact Chaplain Paul Conquest at:

Telephone - (731) 738-5044, ext. 2363
Fax - (731) 738-5947
Mail - West Tennessee State Penitentiary, P.O. Box 1150, 480 Green Chapel Road, Henning, Tennessee  38041-1150

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