• TDOC Teams Up With Community Partners for Offender Resource Fair

    Friday, April 21, 2017 | 9:49am

    WARTBURG – The Morgan County Correctional Complex (MCCX) held its annual Resource Summit on Thursday, April 20. Over 200 offenders, all within one year of release, participated in the event. The offenders were able to network and collect information regarding a variety of post-incarceration resources, including education assistance, vocational training, job placement services and financial planning.  Nearly 30 organizations, including the Knoxville Leadership Foundation, King University, Amachi of Knoxville, Project Return, Regions Bank, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the Tennessee Partnership for Ongoing Parental Support,  took part in the event.

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  • Tennessee Recidivism Rate Shows Promising Decrease

    Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 4:19pm

    NASHVILLE – Newly released recidivism numbers show Tennessee is moving in the right direction.  Statewide recidivism for 2016 was 47.1%, down from 50.5% in 2010.  Tennessee recidivism is defined as the percentage of felony inmates who are re-incarcerated within three years of their release.  Since 2010, the Department has focused on the implementation of new, evidence-based programs and a “whole patient” approach to rehabilitation and offender care in order to improve offender success rates.  Reducing recidivism not only makes our neighborhoods safer for Tennessee families; with the average cost to house an inmate in a state prison at $76 per day, it also saves valuable taxpayer dollars. 

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  • Update: TCIX Officers Released From Hospital

    Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 3:31pm


    ONLY – All three officers assaulted during Sunday’s disturbance at Turney Center Industrial Complex are now recovering at home.  Officer Paul Nielsen was released from the hospital Wednesday night, and Officer Jesse Shockley was released this afternoon.  Officer Lester Ball was released overnight Sunday.  The officers are in good spirits and will continue to recuperate with the full support and prayers of the Department of Correction and the community.

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  • Update: TCIX Officers Continue To Improve

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 6:07pm

    One Officer Released From Hospital, Two Others In Stable Condition

    ONLY – The three officers assaulted during Sunday’s disturbance at Turney Center Industrial Complex continue to improve. Officer Lester Ball is recovering at home, while officers Jesse Shockley and Paul Nielsen remain in stable condition at a local hospital. They are in good spirits and are thankful for the outpouring of support and prayers from their colleagues and the community.

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  • Update: Disturbance At TCIX

    Monday, April 10, 2017 | 6:38pm

    TDOC Releases Names of Inmates Involved

    ONLY – Four of the 16 inmates involved in yesterday’s disturbance have been moved to Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, while the other 12 remain at Morgan County Correctional Complex, a maximum security facility in East Tennessee.  Inmates Michael Mills #450434, Nicholas Durant #534795, Victor Sparkman #478468, and Ronnie Akins #420016 were moved as a result of the ongoing investigation into yesterday’s incident.  A list of all 16 offenders is included below as an additional attachment.

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  • Update: Disturbance At TCIX

    Monday, April 10, 2017 | 9:59am

    One Officer Released from Hospital, Two Others in Stable Condition

    ONLY – One of the three officers assaulted during yesterday’s disturbance at Turney Center Industrial Complex has been released from the hospital.  Officer Lester Ball was treated and released overnight.  Officers Jesse Shockley and Paul Nielsen remain hospitalized in stable condition. 

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    Sunday, April 09, 2017 | 8:22pm

    ONLY – At approximately 4 p.m. today, 16 inmates caused a disturbance in a housing unit at Turney Center Industrial Complex.  During the course of the disturbance, three officers were assaulted.  Two of those officers were removed from the unit immediately, while one was held hostage for a period of time.  TDOC’s Special Operations Unit responded and regained control of the unit. 

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  • Disturbance At Turney Center Industrial Complex

    Sunday, April 09, 2017 | 6:07pm

    ONLY - There has been a disturbance this afternoon at approximately 4 p.m. at Turney Center Industrial Complex in Only, Tennessee.  The incident involving 15 to 20 offenders took place in one housing unit. Three officers were assaulted and have been airlifted to an area hospital.

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  • Contraband Intercepted At TCIX

    Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 3:06pm

    ONLY – The introduction of contraband into a penal facility is not only a violation of the law but a threat to the safety and security of the institution.  Last night, this threat was prevented by the great work of the Correctional Officers at Turney Center Industrial Complex. 

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  • Take One Reception To Share Mission Of Hope

    Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 1:16pm

    JACKSON - The Tennessee Department of Correction will host a reception for the Take One program on Friday, March 24, 2017.  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 after his or her release.  This partnership provides offenders with an additional layer of support to help them overcome barriers to successful reentry and become productive citizens.

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  • TDOC and Community Partners To Hold Offender Career Fair

    Friday, March 03, 2017 | 10:20am

    NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Correction is partnering with local employers to hold a career fair and hiring event for offenders on community supervision in the Nashville area. Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with potential employers, and more than a dozen organizations will be on hand to provide information and accept applications on the spot. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and any other qualifications or certificates they may have earned.

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  • Death Of Inmate Walter Caruthers

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 6:56pm

    NASHVILLE - Death Row Inmate Walter L. Caruthers (TOMIS #0099361) was pronounced dead of natural causes on January 30, 2017 at 11:36 p.m. at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville.

    Caruthers was convicted of Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Kidnapping, and Murder in Knox County. He was sentenced to death on February 8, 1983.

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  • TDOC Promotes Awareness of Contraband Interdiction Efforts

    Thursday, January 26, 2017 | 7:12pm

    NASHVILLE - As part of our ongoing efforts to advance our non-negotiable mission of enhancing public safety, the Tennessee Department of Correction strives to be a good community partner. It is with that in mind we wish to alert the public to the dangers of contraband. Contraband is defined as unauthorized cell phones, drugs and weapons. TDOC wants to highlight our efforts in fighting those who would seek to compromise the safety and security of our prisons, employees and offenders.

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  • TDOC Expands Overnight Child Visitation

    Thursday, January 05, 2017 | 9:30pm

    HENNING - The Tennessee Department of Correction has long recognized the need for mothers and their children to bond while the children are young.  Last month, TDOC expanded its overnight child visitation capacity with the opening of the new Child Visitation Building at the Women’s Therapeutic Residential Center.  This innovative program helps offenders keep positive familial ties strong throughout their incarceration.  This not only curbs generational criminal behavior, but it also assists with family reunification post incarceration.  In fact, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) research shows children who are allowed to bond with the parent, during the parent’s period of incarceration, have a better chance of breaking the generational cycle of criminal behavior.

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  • Knoxville Probation Parole Officers Deliver Christmas Gifts

    Tuesday, December 20, 2016 | 12:59pm

    KNOXVILLE – For several TDOC Probation Parole Officers today was not just another day in the office. That’s because these officers spent the day driving all over Knoxville delivering Christmas gifts for those in need.  The group was led by Officer Kim Kriplean.  In his role as Employment Specialist and Community Services Supervisor, Kriplean has made numerous contacts within the religious and non-profit communities.  For the past four years, he’s worked with the Knoxville Chapter of Toys for Tots to gather and deliver gifts to those organizations who in turn give them to needy children.

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