Frequently Asked Questions
How can I learn more about the Tennessee Department of Correction?
While reviewing our website and reading these FAQ's is helpful, another way to really learn about the Department of Correction is to take part in our Citizens' Correctional Academy.
How do I visit an offender?
Offenders are instructed to send a blank visitor approval form to any individuals that he/she wishes to be submitted for approval. The completed form with a photograph will be returned to the prison by the potential visitor(s) for processing and/or approval. Visiting hours vary from prison to prison. For more information, please review our visitation webpage.
How do I deposit money into an offender's telephone account?
ConnectNetwork is available as a deposit service to add money to a GTL AdvancePay account or an Offender Phone account. New Rates - effective March 17, 2016.
Some CoreCivic prisons use Inmate Calling Solutions, LLC. You may contact them at 888-506-8407 or email customer@ICSolutions.com. Questions about the service provided may be directed to Praeses Correctional Services or call 800-333-8856.
How do I send money to an offenders' trust fund account?
The Tennessee Department of Correction has streamlined the process for receiving deposits into offender trust fund accounts. Money orders are no longer accepted at TDOC and CCA facilities. Providing money to an offender by any means other than through their JPay trust fund account is a security threat to offenders, staff, and the public. If you are asked to send money, do not participate in this scam. Contact our TDOC TIPS Hotline immediately (1-844-TDC-FIND).
How do I pay a community supervision fee?
The Tennessee Department of Correction has partnered with JPay to facilitate community supervision fees. Effective June 21, 2013, the probation and parole offices may no longer accept fees.
Why do offenders on community supervision have to pay fees?
Community Supervision collects fees from offenders while they are on probation and parole based on the mandates of Tennessee Code Annotated 40.28.201.
How do I send a package to an offender?
You may place an order through Access Securepak or Union Supply Direct. Information for both options are provided below:
Union Supply Direct
Online at: www.TNinmatepackage.com
Fax your order form to: 888-857-6219
Order by phone: 855-247-6091
Mail your order form to: Union Supply Direct, Dept. 400 P.O. Box 9018, Rancho Domingues, CA 90224-9018
For more information, refer to policy 507.02 (pdf format)(107 kb).
What is Community Corrections?
Community Corrections is a court-imposed form of probation. The offender's prison sentence is suspended and community-based supervision is provided by agencies who contract with the State. Offenders under community corrections supervision, unlike regular probation, receive credit, towards the expiration of the suspended sentence, for time served on the program.
What is determinate release?
Determinate release is the release on probation of offenders who are incarcerated with one to two-year sentences at his or her earliest possible release eligibility date.
How do I donate acceptable items to a prison?
For donation consideration, please refer to our donations policy 202.08.
How do I tour a prison?
The Tennessee Department of Correction offers prison tours to school groups.
If I received my high school equivalency diploma while incarcerated, how do I request a duplicate copy?
Duplicate copies may be requested at www.diplomasender.com.
How many offenders are incarcerated in adult institutions in Tennessee? How many offenders under 18 years of age are in adult institutions?
On July 16, 2020, there were 18,283 males and 1,796 females assigned to TDOC for a total of 20,079 offenders incarcerated in Tennessee's adult institutions. There were 7 juveniles incarcerated in TDOC facilities.
How much does it cost per day to house a TDOC offender?
In FY 2019-20, the average cost-per-day to house a TDOC offender (including those housed at privately managed facilities) was $79.06. The cost to house a death row offender was $109.69.
How many offenders are on death row in Tennessee?
On July 1, 2020, there were 50 males and 1 female on death row in Tennessee totaling 51 offenders.
How many offenders are serving life sentences?
As of June 6, 2020, there were 1,848 offenders serving life sentences (i.e., life, life minimum and habitual) and 360 are serving life sentences without parole.
As of April 30, 2020, what percent of the Tennessee prison population was incarcerated on charges of:
Homicide - 18.7% (figure includes charges of Murder 1, Murder 2, and other homicides)
Sex Offenses - 13.3% (figure includes charges of Rape, Aggravated Rape, Aggravated Sexual Battery, and other sexual offenses)
Drug Offenses - 18.8%
What method of execution is used in Tennessee?
Lethal injection is now the primary method of execution in Tennessee. Legislation was passed in March of 2000, specifying lethal injection for all offenders sentenced to death except for death row offenders who committed their crime prior to January 1, 1999. The method of execution for those offenders shall be lethal injection unless electrocution is specifically requested.
When was the last execution in Tennessee?
The last execution in Tennessee was on February 20, 2020. Nicholas Sutton was put to death by electrocution for Murder 1.
How do I get information on how to do business with the Tennessee Department of Correction?
For information, go to Opportunities for Small Businesses.
Can I be granted access to the ground and/or interior of the historical 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, please check our website for dates for our annual 5K Walk/Run. This is a great opportunity to get those great shots, take on a 5K and help us to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. If you are a music and/or film producer, you will need to contact the Tennessee Film Commission.