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Prison News | Tennessee

Recent events, organized by category (below) or region/state (right), concerning the corrections industry in Tennessee. Comments, suggestions and contributions (below) appreciated.

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Education & Rehabilitation

  • Stats on electronic monitoring in Tenn.
    A government audit last summer looked at a sample of 68 GPS offenders and found that officers with the state's Board of Probation and Parole had failed to clear or confirm 80 percent of the 11,347 alerts they generated over 10 months....[more]

  • Students, inmates take class in prison
    Traditional students who go to the prison every week for the class see it as a rare opportunity to find out about prison life...[more]

Executions, Death Row & the Death Penalty

No recent news for Tennessee in this category.

Gangs in Prison

Health & Medical Treatment


  • State opening intensive drug recovery program in Morgan County
    It’s been one of state Mental Health Commissioner Douglas Varney’s biggest “wants”: a statewide, intensive residential facility to deal with drug addiction — especially prescription drug addiction, which Varney has long said is spiraling ......[more]

Prison Classification, Placement, & Release

Prison Conditions & Corruption

  • More violence at troubled Nashville juvenile jail
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Despite its idyllic-sounding name, the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center had seen a decade of violent clashes, breakout attempts and attacks on guards.

    Then, on Monday night, 32 teens escaped. Just two days later, two dozen detainees broke into the yard wielding sticks and spraying a fire extinguisher....[more]


  • TORTURE COMMON IN U.S. JAILS -- IRAQ-STYLE ABUSES WERE PERFECTED HERE AT HOME
    Fifty men lie face down on the cold prison floor with their manacled hands tightly bound and twisted behind their backs while attack dogs, Dobermans and German Shepherds, terrorize the prisoners, lunging and snarling inches from their faces. Is this a description of another torture scene from the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq? No. This is a scene from a county jail in Tennessee in early 2003....[more]

  • State recommends Roane Co. Jail decertifcation
    KINGSTON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Roane County Jail can hold 172 inmates - 32 women in a separate womens' pod, and the rest men. On Tuesday, there were 192 prisoners....[more]

Prison Life & Culture

No recent news for Tennessee in this category.

Riots, Lockdowns & Escapes

  • VINSON: Jailhouse brawl: A matter of ‘perception’
    A few months back, I went to a local jail to visit a good friend, at that time incarcerated for a driving infraction. It had been several years since I had visited anyone at this particular jail, so I had to re-acclimate to the current protocol for those visiting inmates.

    The last time I’d visited someone at this jail — which was years ago — visitors and inmates could visit face-to-face in an open-space area, with a deputy/jailer monitoring the situation, of course....[more]


  • Bledsoe trusty escapes from prison farm, jumps off tractor and runs into the woods
    Tennessee Department of Correction spokeswoman Dorinda Carter said 32-year-old Jeffery Lynn Carter was operating a tractor at the prison farm at Bledsoe County Correctional Complex when he jumped from the machine and ran into some woods at about 7 p.m. Sunday....[more]

Suicides in Prison

No recent news for Tennessee in this category.

Workplace & Industry News, and Science & Tech News

  • CCA Announces David Garfinkle to Succeed Todd Mullenger as Chief Financial Officer
    NASHVILLE, TN, Apr 10, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- CCA CXW -1.12% (the "Company" or "Corrections Corporation of America"), America's largest owner of partnership correctional and detention facilities, announced today that David Garfinkle, who currently serves as the Company's Vice President of Finance and Controller, has been selected by the Board of Directors to succeed Todd Mullenger as the Company's Chief Financial Officer effective May 1, 2014. Mullenger has decided to step down as CFO, but will remain with the Company for a two-year period to assist in the transition and to assist in various projects....[more]

  • CCA Awarded Three-Year Contract Renewal With California
    NASHVILLE, TN -- (Marketwired) -- 07/10/13 -- CCA (Corrections Corporation of America) (NYSE: CXW), America's largest owner of partnership correctional and detention facilities, announced today that it has renewed its contract with the ......[more]


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