Tennessee Prison For Women Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 | 05:54pm

NASHVILLE - Today, a ceremony was held at the Tennessee Prison for Women (TPFW) to mark 50 years of service and celebrate the advances that have made the facility and its team leaders in the field of corrections. The event was attended by current and former staff, volunteers and members of the public. TDOC Commissioner Tony Parker and current TPFW Warden Carolyn Jordan were among the speakers.

The Tennessee Prison for Women first opened on July 19, 1966. Since that time, it has become a model for gender specific treatment and methods. An intense focus on family reunification through the development of healthy relationships and parenting skills serves to break generational cycles of incarceration. Therapeutic communities, educational and vocational programs, and support services for past trauma are only a few other examples of the forward thinking methods aimed at providing offenders with the tools they need in order to become productive members of our communities after their release from prison.

“The life changing work being done here at the facility doesn’t just change the lives of the women incarcerated here,” said Commissioner Parker. “It changes the lives of their children and family as well.”

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.