Northwest Correctional Complex Honored By Local American Legion Post

Thursday, June 23, 2016 | 03:55pm

Inmate Community Relations Work Program Provided Renovations to Facility

Tiptonville - This week, members of the American Legion TN Post 174 Reelfoot Lake Chapter honored Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) following renovations to the American Legion property by offender work crews.

 For the past several months, NWCX offender work crews painted the interior and exterior of the building, replaced the roof and installed new siding and windows.  The project was recently completed, and this week, American Legion post members presented a plaque and certificates to NWCX Warden Mike Parris and other staff to show their appreciation. 

Offenders performed the renovations as part of TDOC’s Inmate Community Relations Work Program under the direction of a TDOC vocational instructor and correctional officers.  The program aims to give back to Tennessee communities while also providing job training for offenders, helping to ensure they have the tools necessary to change criminal behavior and become productive citizens following their release from prison.  Statewide, TDOC provided more than 519,500 hours of inmate labor for local governments and community-based organizations in fiscal year 2015, saving them an estimated $3.76 million in labor costs.

The unwavering mission of the Tennessee Department of Correction is to operate safe and secure prisons and provide effective community supervision in order to enhance public safety.