- Under the authority of T.C.A. 41-4-140, the Tennessee Corrections Institute is required to establish minimum standards for local jails, lock-ups, workhouses and detention facilities in the state and conduct an annual inspection of each facility.
- Local correctional facilities are the first step in the handling of the arrested offender and in it he receives his first impression of the correctional process. His experience in a county jail or a municipal lock-up facility will be a potent force molding his attitude toward law enforcement officials, the correctional system and the community itself.
- The Board of Control of the Tennessee Corrections Institute hopes that in carrying out the responsibilities of Tennessee Code Annotated 41-4-140, avenues of communication and cohesiveness will be developed with local agencies that will tend to upgrade the correctional system in the State of Tennessee.