The state of Tennessee has a couple of different types of facilities for youth offenders. Convicted juvenile offenders may end up in group homes with close supervision and treatment for things like abuse, addictions, or other trauma they may have been exposed to. The state also has two juvenile detention facilities with higher supervision and stricter programs for more high-risk youth offenders.
The Tennessee Office of Juvenile Justice is the agency in charge of all youth correctional services, inmates, and all Tennessee juvenile inmate records. Due to the laws governing juvenile records, you cannot just go online and perform a Tennessee juvenile detention center inmate search. Therefore, anyone searching for an inmate must contact the Tennessee Office of Juvenile Justice directly or call the facility.
The Office of Juvenile Justice’s mission is: “The Office of Juvenile Justice provides effective prevention and intervention services for high-risk youth and rehabilitation, treatment and training for delinquent youth while preserving and promoting community safety.” They do this through their guiding principles of:
The DCS has a network of community-based group homes all around the state. Many of them are privately owned and operated but overseen by the DCS.
Youth age 13–18 who need more supervision are sent to one of the two juvenile detention centers in the state. They are:
There are about 660 youth offenders in Tennessee. The most common crime that lands them there is aggravated assault, drugs, and other crimes against people.