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The Governor's Executive Order which temporarily allowed telephonic hearings has expired. Additional information can be found on the Board of Parole website.
Visitation has reopened at all prisons effective April 10th by appointment only. Click here for the guidelines, contact information, news release, and a vaccination option.
TDOC Inmates COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations

Media Requests

The Communications Division supports the Department's mission by providing effective communication to the agency's internal and external stakeholders.  Please feel free to contact the Communications staff listed below with request for information.

Dorinda Carter


Communications Director

Dorinda Carter

Office:  (615) 253-8144

Cell:  (629) 204-2377

Sarah Gallagher, Middle Tennessee PIO


Middle Tennessee PIO

Sarah Gallagher

Cell:  (629) 215-0804  

East Tennessee PIO Robert Reburn


East Tennessee PIO

Robert Reburn

Cell:  (615) 920-3361 

West Tennessee PIO, Tylee Tracer


West Tennessee PIO

Tylee Tracer

Cell:  (629) 215-0284 

If your inquiry pertains to multiple regions, feel free to send an email to

Tennessee State Penitentiary

The Tennessee State Penitentiary is closed to the public.  Due to the conditions of the buildings, we do not allow inside access for tours, photos or paranormal activities.

If you are interested in exterior photos, check our website often and follow us on Facebook for future events.  Public events held at this site are a great opportunity to get those great shots, take on a 5K, and also help us to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.

At this time, there are no events scheduled.