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.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 4:19pm
Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 3:31pm
ALL THREE CONTINUE TO RECOVER AT HOME
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 12:12pm
NASHVILLE – In a luncheon at the Tennessee Residence today, Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam honored 23 state employees for their exceptional service to the state and their fellow Tennesseans. This is the second group of state employees receiving the Governor’s Excellence in Service Awards, a program Gov. Haslam launched in 2016 to honor outstanding state employees. Great service in state government is like great service anywhere – the key ingredient is great employees,” Gov. Haslam said. “The 23 state employees receiving this honor are on the front lines of what we do, leading the effort to help us make Tennessee the best managed state in the nation. I appreciate all the work they and other state employees do to help make Tennessee the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
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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.
Thursday, January 05, 2017 | 12:09pm
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), in partnership with both the U.S. and Tennessee Interagency Councils on Homelessness, today released an action plan to end chronic homelessness in the Volunteer State. The collaborative plan brings together multiple federal, state, county, and local government agencies, and community partners providing a systematic approach to help eliminate homelessness over the next 10 years.
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.