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Tennessee Corrections Institute is seeking a partner to help us with studying Correctional Officer Mental Wellness. TCI needs a partner that is experienced in performing qualitative studies and data analysis, as well as a partner who can create a toolkit for mental wellness best practices and facilitate peer support training/programming for corrections officers. TCI will issue a grant later this summer in collaboration with the Central Procurement Office when the right partner is identified. If you know of any resources that may be interested in participating in this type of project, please give them a head’s up and send them to Request for Proposals (RFP) Opportunities ( . The RFI # is 31609-27900.
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Congratulations on the retirement of Chief Tom Rudder, Jail Administrator of Madison County Sheriff's Office, with 34 years of service!

FCO class Knox County 2022:

Jason J. Smith, TCI Project Manager

TCI Is very pleased to announce the newest addition to our team,                   Jason J. Smith!

Jason J. Smith is the Project Manager for Tennessee Corrections Institute. Jason specializes in collaborating, coordinating, facilitating, and assisting in the successful planning, execution, and operations of phenomenal projects and programs. Jason graduated from Valdosta State University in 2001 with his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and then moved to Nashville where he has worked with the TN Board of Probation and Parole, the TN Department of Corrections, and the Office of Criminal Justice Programs. His favorite quote is, "Teamwork Makes the Dream Work" (John C. Maxwell), and he strives to ensure customers, stakeholders, and teammates are heard, helped, and satisfied in his quest to make Tennessee State Government the best it can be.  

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TCI would like to congratulate Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy Director
Brian Grisham on his retirement, having over 40 years of service to the
citizens of Tennessee. Director Grisham once served as the Interim Director of
the Tennessee Corrections Institute during a period of transition which
provided the agency with impeccable guidance as the agency moved into the
future. Your leadership and passion will be greatly missed. 


*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.

Training Class Update:  (07/28/2020)
Prior to sending any officer to a site for Basic or In-Service Training, agencies should ensure that no officer assigned to the training course is in the process of awaiting test results for COVID-19 or be highly suspected of being exposed to the virus. Additionally, If an Officer has tested positive for COVID-19 recently, that person must be cleared by your agency and health authority prior to attendance. TCI will not require documentation of these clearances at this time, we just request that you please follow all precautions to ensure the training environment does not promote the spread of COVID-19.

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.

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Sheriff Daron Hall and Deputy Director William Wall 6/18/2019
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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 TCI Deputy Director Bob Bass and on right Sheriff Nick Weems.

Below are pictures of the National Institute of Corrections' inmate behavior management course recently completed in Rutherford County. Thank you to the National Institute for Corrections, Rutherford County Correctional Work Center and Adult Detention Center for helping TCI provide progressive training to Tennessee's local jails and the jail administration team from Lafourche Parish, Louisiana!

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For the acclaimed tutelage and mentorship 2018 Facility Training Officer of the Year awards have bee presented to:

  • Facility Training Officers Stephanie Lewis of Putnam County
  • Jarrod Campbell of Van Buren County
  • Tesha Vaughn of Knox County

For pictures and more information click here.

For exceptional dedication and diligence the 2018 Jail Administrators of the Year awards have been presented to:

  • Frank Rezac of Carroll County
  • Joey Smith of Chester County
  • Doug Tackett of Montgomery County

For pictures and more information click here.