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TDOC Partners With Federal Agencies For New Initiative

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 03:41pm

HENNING – Last year the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) announced a partnership with several agencies in the fight against contraband.  On March 22nd TDOC, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee and the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the Honor the Oath campaign, the next phase in contraband interdiction efforts.

Contraband is a national issue that affects prisons, jails and correctional institutions across the country.  The introduction of contraband of any kind to any correctional environment poses a threat to the safety of both that institution and the general public.  It is for this reason TDOC has been working closely with our criminal justice partners and other correctional agencies around the country to combat the introduction of illegal items and prosecute those who attempt to do so. 

The Honor the Oath campaign press conference was held at West Tennessee State Penitentiary and featured comments from TDOC Commissioner Tony Parker, U.S. Attorney Michael Dunavant, FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Gavin, and TDOC Chief Interdiction Officer Lee Dotson.  The campaign centers on a partnership with local and federal law enforcement to federally prosecute anyone who threatens the safety and security of prisons.  According to Commissioner Tony Parker, “the violation of one’s oath will not be tolerated and I want everyone who would so recklessly disregard their duty to hear me clearly and know that we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.” 

The full video of the press conference without fonts is available here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMS5InKtiAHQngA1H9t6pgBrb0CJtvl0O.  

Press release from U.S. Attorney Michael Dunavant’s office.