• left to right: TCI's Executive Director William Wall, Chief Counsel Brian Grisham, Operations and Program Director William "RK" Kane, Deputy Director Bob Bass, Director of Administration Jason J. Smith

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    Who Is TCI?

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute provides technical assistance to facilities which includes the fourteen (14) areas of jail inspections as listed in the Minimum Standards. These areas comprise the scope of required expertise of the facility specialists. The goal is to aid specific facility management in meeting the requirements of the standards in question. However, in any circumstance which calls for additional expertise, the staff of the Tennessee Corrections Institute will request the assistance of the National Institute of Corrections, The American Correctional Association, the National Sheriffs' Association, or any other agency within national, state, or local government which may supply the agency or their personnel with any additional help.

    Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) under the authority of T.C.A. 41-4-140, is required to establish minimum standards for adult local jails, lock-ups, workhouses and detention facilities in the state. The agency's Board of Control establishes the standards to inspect and certify local correctional facilities. Inspections and re-inspections are conducted within the mandated timeframe to ensure compliance of all standards for the purpose of certification.The Tennessee Corrections Institute is responsible for educating local correctional staff while providing and monitoring basic certification and annual in-service training for personnel within local adult correctional detention facilities. The Tennessee Corrections Institute provides technical assistance and conducts research in relation to requests from local correctional detention facilities, the TN legislature and other state agencies. The Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control is authorized under the authority of T.C.A. 41-7-106 (f) to grant pre-employment waivers to correctional officers in local adult correctional facilities.

    Customer Focused

    Since our establishment in 1974, the Tennessee Corrections Institute continues to cultivate an environment of professionalism and safety within the corrections profession.The Board of Control works diligently to  certify local adult detention facilities to ensure compliance with state minimum jail standards, while increasing the safety and security of corrections officers and incarcerated individuals.   
    Our highly trained personnel  utilize a thorough inspection process which promotes best correctional practices that maximize the safety of the community, staff, volunteers and offenders. These standards  also work  toward holding offenders accountable and improving the likelihood of choosing responsible, law-abiding behavior upon release.
    Our specialized training courses and  technical assistance provide opportunities for organizational and professional growth that enhance our services. We have the unique ability to  work with correctional facility personnel toward the implementation of a strategic process that leads to improved organizational structure, management practices and program planning that support a mission and vision consistent with available resources.

    Statements 2023
    left to right: TCI's Executive Director William Wall, Chief Counsel Brian Grisham, Programs and Operations Manager William "RK" Kane, Deputy Director Bob Bass, Project Manager Jason J. Smith
    left to right: TCI's Executive Director William Wall, Chief Counsel Brian Grisham, Programs and Operations Manager William "RK" Kane, Deputy Director Bob Bass, Director of Administration Jason J. Smith
    E-Content Manager of Training Christopher Allen, Chief DFM Tonya West Stacey and ASA4 Shari Scott
    E-Content Manager of Training Christopher Allen, Chief DFM Tonya West Stacey and ASA4 Shari Scott
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    10:00 AM CST:   January 17, February 14, March 13, April 17, May 15,  June  20, July 17, August 14, September 18, October 14, November 13, December 18, 2024

    BOC Dates 2024

    Our Office

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute

    Phone: (615) 741-3816

    279 D Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville, TN, 37214

    Our Board Of Control
    Chairman Mike Fitzhugh Rutherford County Sheriff
    Myles Cook Walters State Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy Training Coordinator
    Frank Strada Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Correction
    Joe Grandy Washington County Mayor
    Gary Prater Warren County Commissioner
    Hannah Richardson Governor’s Office, Sr. Policy Analyst Legislative Liason
    Jeff Box Dyer County Sheriff
    Our Staff Email Address
    William Wall Executive Director william.wall@tn.gov
    Bob Bass Deputy Director bob.r.bass@tn.gov
    Brian Grisham Chief Counsel brian.grisham@tn.gov
    Jason Smith Director of Administration

    Joanne Pogue Administrative Services Assistant 5 joanne.pogue@tn.gov
    Sharon Scott Administrative Services Assistant 4 sharon.scott@tn.gov
    Nicole Meece Administrative Services Assistant 3 nicole.meece@tn.gov
    William Robert Kane Operations and Program Director william.robert.kane@tn.gov
    David Elola Director of Training david.elola@tn.gov
    Christopher Allen E-Content Manager of Training  christopher.l.allen@tn.gov
    Joey Smith Training Officer West Tennessee joey.b.smith@tn.gov
    Jeff Smith Training Officer East Tennessee jeffrey.q.smith@tn.gov
    Gwen Hyde Chief Detention Facilities Manager Gwen.beavers@tn.gov
    Tonya Stacey Chief Detention  Facilities Manager
    Stephanie Harding Chief Detention  Facilities Manager
    Michael Donahue Detention  Facilities Specialist
    Dave Saffell Detention  Facilities Specialist
    Jason Cate  Detention Facilities Specialist jason.e.cate@tn.gov
    Dara Keeton Detention Facilities Specialist dara.keeton@tn.gov
    James D Jackson Detention Facilities Specialist james.d.jackson@tn.gov
    Jarrod Campbell Detention Facilities Specialist jarrod.campbell@tn.gov
    Albert Medina Detention Facilities Specialist Albert.medina@tn.gov
    Jacob Hillis Detention Facilities Specialist jacob.hillis@tn.gov
    Heather Huppe-Daniel Detention Facilities Specialist heather.huppe@tn.gov
    TCI Staff December 2022

    TCI BOC and Staff Meeting December 6. 2023

    Pictured from Left to Right – Back Row: Michael Donahue, Jason Cate, Jacob Hillis, Christopher Allen, David Elola, Jeff Smith, Brian Grisham. Middle Row: Gwen Beavers, William R. Kane ("RK"), Stephanie Harding, Jarrod Campbell, Will Wall, James Jackson, Dara Keeton, Albert Medina, Joey Smith. Front Row seated: Jason Smith, Joanne Pogue, Shari Scott, Tonya Stacey, Bob Bass, Heather Huppe-Daniel, Jaime Madison, Nicole Meece.