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  • 2019 Tennessee Corrections Institute Staff

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  • 2019 Facility Training Officer Award Recipients

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  • 2019 Jail Administrator Of The Year Award Recipients

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  • 2019 Jail Administrator and FTO Conference

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  • DFM Denise Messer, DFS Michael Donahue, and DFS Stephanie Harding

  • TCI Staff Photo December 4, 2019

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    TCI CLASSES ARE CANCELLED THROUGH FEBRUARY 27, 2021 based on the TN Governor's Executive Order No.73.

    We are actively working on rescheduling TCI classes for make-up opportunities, this information will be updated as it is coordinated.






    The TCI Jail Issues FTO Conference will be September 20 - 24, 2021 held in Gatlinburg, TN. Registration is open on the FTACS website.

    Tennessee Corrections Institute

    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.

    Thank you Perry County Sheriffs’ Department for the TCI sign which will be placed in front of our Nashville office. Sheriff Nick Weems and his jail staff worked with trustees to build this for us and it is very much appreciated. Photo to left Bob Bass, Deputy Director and on right Sheriff Nick Weems.


    2021 Meetings

    Date Time Location Event/Agenda/Minutes
    3/9/2021   TBD Board Meeting
    6/9/2021   TBD Board Meeting
    9/8/2021   TBD Board Meeting
    12/8/2021   TBD Board Meeting

    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.

    Training Coordinator Christopher Allen, DFS Tonya West Stacey and ASA3 Shari Scott
    Training Coordinator Christopher Allen, DFS Tonya West Stacey and ASA3 Shari Scott

    3T Madison 2019
    3T Train the Trainer Madison County 2019

    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.


    Executive Director William Wall, Dr. Michael Pittaro from AMI and Training Coordinator Christopher Allen
    Executive Director William Wall, Dr. Michael Pittaro from AMI and Training Coordinator Christopher Allen


    News & Events

    2021 Meetings
    Date Time Location Event/Agenda/Minutes
    3/9/2021   TBD Board Meeting
    6/9/2021   TBD Board Meeting
    9/8/2021   TBD Board Meeting
    12/9/2021   TBD Board Meeting

    Tennessee Corrections Institute would like to formally congratulate Nashville - Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall for being sworn in as the 78th President of the National Sheriffs' Association on June 18th, 2019. Sheriff Hall is the first Tennessee Sheriff to hold the honored position of NSA President.

    Darron Hall & William Wall

    Sheriff Daron Hall and Executive Director William Wall 6/18/2019


    Our Office

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute

    Phone: (615) 741-3816

    279 D Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville, TN, 37214

    Our Board Of Control
    Chairman Sheriff Jack Stockton Roane County Sheriff
    Commissioner Tony C. Parker Tennessee Department of Correction
    Director Don Johnson Governor’s Office, Constituent Services and Community Relations
    Elizabeth Lewis Roane State Director of Criminal Justice
    Mayor Joe Grandy Washington County Mayor
    Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh Rutherford County Sheriff
    Commissioner Gary Prater Warren County Commissioner

    TCI Mission Statement

    It is the mission of the Tennessee Corrections Institute
    to create and foster professional relations with the administration and staff
    of all Tennessee Local Adult Correctional Facilities and support their efforts
    for enhanced facility operations through exceptional service, education,
    accountability, and integrity.

    Our Staff
    William Wall Executive Director
    Bob Bass Deputy Director
    Christopher Allen
    Training Coordinator
    Joanne Pogue Administrative Services Assistant 4
    Sharon Scott Administrative Services Assistant 3
    Nicole Meece Administrative Services Assistant 2
    Robert Kane Operations and Programs Director
    Denise Messer Detention Facilities Manager
    Miller Meadows Detention Facilities Manager
    Tonya West Detention  Facilities Specialist
    Stephanie Harding Detention  Facilities Specialist
    Michael Donahue Detention  Facilities Specialist
    Dave Saffell Detention  Facilities Specialist
    Gwen Beavers Detention Facilites Specialist
    Jason Cate  Detention Facilities Specialist
    David Elola Detention Facilities Specialist
    Dara Keeton Detention Facilities Specialist
    TCI Staff December 2019