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Rehabilitation


Education

TDOC operates as its own school system, with the Commissioner acting as the Superintendent.  The department recognizes the crucial role education and training play in the successful rehabilitation of incarcerated felons.  With additional education and training, offenders are less likely to re-offend than those who do not learn a skill or trade while incarcerated.  Roughly 20% of the eligible inmate population is enrolled in either academic or vocational training.

All facilities have adult education programs that offer both adult basic education and GED preparation.  Inmates are given the opportunity to take the GED test if they meet the requirements.  Many inmates also participate in volunteer literacy programs.

Thirteen of the institutions also offer vocational training.  Program offerings include such courses as barbering, carpentry, cosmetology, culinary arts, masonry, electrical, and career management for success. All vocational programs follow a curriculum approved by the Tennessee Department of Education and provide a Department of Education certificate upon graduation.  A select number of vocational programs also offer certification through the Department of Labor and apprenticeships.

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Click here to see a selection of the great work/skills that we have in our institutions.

GED and Vocational Certificates Earned

GED Certificates Vocational Certificates
2007-2008
786
1,342
2008-2009
727
1,468
2009-2010
710
1,585
2010-2011
806
1,476
2011-2012
652
3,869*

*This number increased due to the addition of a 12 week Introduction to Career Management For Success/Release For Success class.

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