The Tennessee Department of Correction offers tours to various groups and organizations. To schedule a tour, choose a prison from the list below after reviewing our personal property, dress code and metal detector guidelines.
NOTE: In case of inclement weather, tours will not be held.
All persons entering the facility shall be subject to search. State law prohibits weapons, alcohol, drugs and illegal contraband on state property (including the parking areas). Tour participants shall leave all personal items in their vehicles, with the exception of vehicle keys and one form of photo ID (preferred but not required for minors). No money, cell phones, pagers, etc., are allowed. Use of tobacco products is prohibited on state property. All tobacco products must remain in the vehicle.
All individuals entering the institution must be dressed appropriately. Undergarments must be worn. Midriffs and torsos must be covered. Shirts must have sleeves. Dresses, split skirts, and shorts must extend to the top of the knee. Attire that is revealing, made of spandex, or is transparent or translucent is considered to be inappropriate. Clothing with logos that contain pictures, slogans, or vulgarity, and any clothing determined by the processing officer to be associated with any Security Threat Group is inappropriate. (Association may be made by color combination, designs, or logos affixed to the clothing or how the clothing is being worn.) Camouflage attire, overalls, suspenders and tank tops are inappropriate. Shoes must be worn. NO FLIP FLOPS.
All individuals entering the institution must clear the metal detector at checkpoint. Shoes or boots that contain metal will not clear the detector and will have to be removed. Excessive metal jewelry may set off the detector. Although these items are not prohibited, it is suggested that they not be worn because the time required for removing and replacing them will shorten your tour.
- Bledsoe County Correctional Complex
Bledsoe County Correctional Complex (BCCX) offers tours to groups of 20 persons maximum per tour. Participants should be over the age of 18 and have a valid photo ID.
The organization coordinator should contact the office of the Associate Warden of Security at (423) 881-6115 to set up a tour date.
- Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility
Prisons are a mystery to most people. Very few citizens have had any exposure to a prison environment other than what they have seen regarding incarceration through the movies and television. Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility offers tours of the prison to groups and community organizations in an effort to better illustrate the consequences of criminal behavior
For further information, contact the office of the Warden at (615) 350-2700, ext. 2741.
- Mark H. Luttrell Correctional Center
The Mark H. Luttrell Correctional Center offers tours to college groups of up to 30. Students must be accompanied by a minimum of three chaperones/sponsors. All persons requesting admittance must have a valid school or state issued I.D. card.
Sponsors for each tour group will be responsible for submitting an alphabetized list of individuals who plan to visit. The list should be mailed, emailed, or faxed to the prison at least (7) seven days prior to the tour in order for individuals to be processed through the checkpoint quickly.
For more information on how to obtain a tour of the prison, contact Gerald Best, Deputy Superintendent at (901) 531-1814.
- Morgan County Correctional Complex
Morgan County Correctional Complex offers tours to community groups including college groups, civic organizations and church groups. Tours can be designed to facilitate the needs of each group and will include program buildings, operation buildings, and offender housing units.
Sponsors for each tour group will be responsible for submitting an alphabetized list of individuals who plan to visit. This should be mailed or faxed to MCCX prior to the tour in order for individuals to be processed through checkpoint quickly and efficiently. Photo identification is required.
For more information on scheduling a tour, contact Patricia Aycock, Executive Secretary to the Warden at (423) 346-1300, ext. 1308.
- Northeast Correctional Complex
Northeast Correctional Complex offers as many as two tours per week to college classes, community interest groups, etc. Groups are given a narrated tour of the prison followed by a brief question and answer session with offenders housed at the prison.
Sponsors for each tour group will be responsible for submitting an alphabetized list of individuals who plan to visit. The list should be mailed or faxed to the prison prior to the tour in order for individuals to be processed through the checkpoint quickly and efficiently. Photo identification is required.
For more information on scheduling a tour of NECX, contact the office of Todd Wiggins, Deputy Warden at (423) 727-7387 extension 1178.
- Northwest Correctional Complex
Northwest Correctional Complex offers tours to college groups of up to 25. At the completion of the tour, a group of offenders selected by the prison will provide information about their criminal history and discuss lessons they've learned from their experience.
A list of students and sponsors must be faxed to the prison prior to the tour. Students must be accompanied by a minimum of two sponsors.
For more information on scheduling a tour, call Ronnie Lanier at (731) 253-5268.
- Riverbend Maximum Security Institution
High school groups will be limited to 25 students, accompanied by a minimum of three chaperones/sponsors. College classes will be limited to 35 individuals, not including the instructor. Students must be at least 16 years of age and not be under jurisdiction of a juvenile court.
Each group touring the prison should submit an alphabetized list of individuals who will be attending. This will assist in processing the students through checkpoint. The list should be mailed or faxed to (615) 350-3400 prior to the tour. Picture ID's or social security numbers are not required.
The sponsor(s) of the tour will be responsible for providing each individual with a copy of the guidelines and individuals will be held responsible for adherence to the guidelines.
If you are interested in scheduling a tour, call Associate Warden of Security at (615) 350-1103.
- Tennessee Prison for Women
The Tennessee Prison for Women offers tours to high school and college groups, not to exceed 25 people. Tours are offered Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students must be at least 16 years old and accompanied by at least two chaperones.
A list of participants must be faxed to the facility (615) 253-5390 at least a week prior to the tour.
For more information on scheduling a tour at TPFW, call Chantal Falavel Bishop at (615) 741-1255, extension 7289.
- West Tennessee State Penitentiary
"Don't Follow Me" Program
The "Don't Follow Me" program is designed to educate adults on critical decision making skills. The program allows participants to tour the prison and get a first hand look at prison life through the eyes of offenders and staff.
The program consists of the following two phases:
Phase I - Prison Tour: A visit to the maximum security units and offender work sites.
Phase II - Testimonial: Selected offenders and staff share stories in the prison chapel. The testimonial period allows visitors to hear personal accounts of the decision making process which led men to prison. It also allows various staff members to give their perspective on working in a prison environment.
The "Don't Follow Me" program continues to be a great success in aiding individuals in positive decision making skills.
To schedule a visit or for more information concerning the West Tennessee State Penitentiary "Don't Follow Me" program, please contact Chaplain Dexter Morange at (731) 738-5044, ext. 2363 or Fax (731) 738-5947