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    Tennessee Corrections Institute

    Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) under the authority of T.C.A. 41-4-140, is required to establish minimum standards for adult local jails, lock-ups, workhouses and detention facilities in the state. The agency's Board of Control establishes the standards to inspect and certify local correctional facilities. Inspections and re-inspections are conducted within the mandated timeframe to ensure compliance of all standards for the purpose of certification.

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute is responsible for educating local correctional staff while providing and monitoring basic certification and annual in-service training for personnel within local adult correctional detention facilities. The Tennessee Corrections Institute provides technical assistance and conducts research in relation to requests from local correctional detention facilities, the TN legislature and other state agencies. The Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control is authorized under the authority of T.C.A. 41-7-106 (f) to grant pre-employment waivers to correctional officers in local adult correctional facilities.


     

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    Since our establishment in 1974, the Tennessee Corrections Institute continues to cultivate an environment of professionalism and safety within the corrections profession.

    The Board of Control works diligently to  certify local adult detention facilities to ensure compliance with state minimum jail standards, while increasing the safety and security of corrections officers and incarcerated individuals.   

    Our highly trained personnel  utilize a thorough inspection process which promotes best correctional practices that maximize the safety of the community, staff, volunteers and offenders. These standards  also work  toward holding offenders accountable and improving the likelihood of choosing responsible, law-abiding behavior upon release.

    Our specialized training courses and  technical assistance provide opportunities for organizational and professional growth that enhance our services. We have the unique ability to  work with correctional facility personnel toward the implementation of a strategic process that leads to improved organizational structure, management practices and program planning that support a mission and vision consistent with available resources.

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    The Facility Training Officer program was developed in order to allow each facility the opportunity to develop and deliver training specific to their facility’s operation. “Facility specific training” allows staff the opportunity to learn more than just the basics of jail operation. It provides detailed training in the procedures and operation of their respective facility.

     

    Under the authority of T.C.A. 41-4-140, the Tennessee Corrections Institute is required to establish minimum standards for local jails, lock-ups, workhouses and detention facilities in the state and conduct an annual inspection of each facility. Local correctional facilities are the first step in the handling of the arrested offender and in it he receives his first impression of the correctional process. His experience in a county jail or a municipal lock-up facility will be a potent force molding his attitude toward law enforcement officials, the correctional system and the community itself. The Board of Control of the Tennessee Corrections Institute hopes that in carrying out the responsibilities of T.C.A. 41-4-140, avenues of communication and cohesiveness will be developed with local agencies that will tend to upgrade the correctional system in the State of Tennessee.

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    The Tennessee Corrections Institute provides technical assistance to facilities which includes the fourteen (14) areas of jail inspections as listed in the Minimum Standards. These areas comprise the scope of required expertise of the facility specialists. The goal is to aid specific facility management in meeting the requirements of the standards in question. However, in any circumstance which calls for additional expertise, the staff of the Tennessee Corrections Institute will request the assistance of the National Institute of Corrections, The American Correctional Association, the National Sheriffs' Association, or any other agency within national, state, or local government which may supply the agency or their personnel with any additional help.


     
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    Our Office

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute

    Beth Ashe

    Phone: (615) 741-3816

    Davy Crockett Tower, 4th Floor
    500 James Robertson Parkway 
    Nashville, TN  37243-0565

    Our Board Of Control
    Police Chief Buddy Lewis, Chairman Covington Police Department
    Commissioner Tony C. Parker Tennessee Department of Correction
    Director Don Johnson Governor’s Office, Constituent Services and Community Relations
    Elizabeth Lewis Roane State Director of Criminal Justice
    Sheriff Tom Spangler Knox County Sheriff
    Vacant County Mayor
    Vacant County Sheriff
    Our Staff
    Beth Ashe Executive Director
    William Wall Deputy Director
    Joanne Pogue Administrative Services Assistant 4
    Jerry Scott Training Coordinator
    Ian Karssen
    Administrative Services Assistant 3
    Emily Hickman
    Administrative Services Assistant 2
    Bob Bass Detention Facilities Manager -CCP Coordinator
    Robert Kane Detention Facilities Manager
    Eddie Dowdy Detention Facilities Specialist
    Denise Messer Detention Facilities Specialist
    Tonya West Detention  Facilities Specialist
    Miller Meadows Detention  Facilities Specialist
    Joe Ferguson Detention  Facilities Specialist
    Christopher Allen Detention  Facilities Specialist
    Dave Saffell Detention  Facilities Specialist