The state of Tennessee has two types of confinement facilities for felons within the state. First, there are ten state prisons in Tennessee. Then there are four privately owned and operated prisons. CoreCivic manages these private state prisons.
The Tennessee Department of Correction is the government agency that is in charge of the state-run facilities, inmate supervision, and maintaining all Tennessee state prison inmate records. The state of Tennessee makes it very easy for someone to perform a Tennessee state prison inmate search using their inmate locator feature on the Department of Corrections website.
The list of fourteen state prisons in Tennessee include:
They have these state prisons spread across three distinct regions of the state, which are East, Middle, and West. Additionally, they have the Tennessee Correction Academy, where they train their own correctional staff and also other law enforcement agents from all over the country.
Each of the state prisons (including private ones) offers inmates supervision along with education (including degree programs), religious studies, healthcare, reentry services, and other life-skills training programs. They also provide work-release to low-risk inmates.
The Tennessee Department of Corrections prides itself as being one of the most cost-effective, properly managed correctional systems in the nation. They were the first to be accredited in 1994. Their mission is: “The department’s mission has always been to operate safe and secure prisons to enhance public safety in Tennessee through incarceration and rehabilitation of felony offenders.”
The Department of Correction Commissioner, Tony C. Parker works closely with the Governor to oversee all correctional systems.
Tennessee has roughly 30,000 inmates in state prisons. Of that total, 91% are male, and 9% are female. More than half (56%) are White, 42% are Black, and the rest other races. The majority of inmates in state prisons are between the ages of 25–49. The most common reasons that someone is placed in state prison in Tennessee are drugs, homicide, property offenses, robbery, sexual charges, assault, and kidnapping.