TREC's Team Mission is "to provide a continuum of services for all offenders reentering society in order to reduce recidivism and promote public safety."
The Tennessee Reentry Collaborative (TREC) was established in October 2004, after the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) re-established the Division of Rehabilitative Services. Leadership at the Department of Correction and the Board of Probation and Parole recognized the need to further assist offenders with successfully remaining in their home communities without re-offending. They also realized that a collaborative approach involving multiple agencies of state government, local government and private service providers would be needed if we were to improve public safety by better preparing offenders for reentry. It was from this realization that TREC was established.
Parallel to the development of the state TREC organization came the development of local TREC organizations across the state. Currently, nine such organizations are working together with the state TREC to supplement and coordinate reentry activities across Tennessee.
TREC is led by the TDOC Commissioner and staff from the Department of Correction and the Board of Parole. Staff from Rehabilitative Services' Office of Reentry Services provides resources, support and guidance to the state TREC group and our local TREC partners. Many other state agencies are active participants including: Department of Safety & Homeland Security, Department of Finance & Administration - Office of Criminal Justice Programs, Department of Children's Services, Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, TRICOR, Department of Labor & Workforce Development, Department of Human Services, Department of Education, and many more.
Local TREC organizations are typically comprised of representatives from police and sheriffs' departments, the courts, city and county government, local TDOC Field Service offices, and public and private treatment and service providers, along with many faith-based groups. These local groups regularly meet with our state TREC group via tele-conference to share information with each other for the benefit of all.
If you have questions or comments, please contact TDOC Rehabilitative Services Executive Assistant Lee Ragsdale at (615) 253-8093 or Lee.Ragsdale@tn.gov.