The Tennessee Department of Correction strives to be the best prison system in the United States.
They are dedicated to ensuring that facilities are safe and secure and that adequate community supervision is provided to improve public safety.
By introducing new initiatives aimed at holding criminals accountable and lowering the chance of reoffending, the department keeps moving closer to its goals.
The department has 14 correctional facilities, out of which four are privately managed. The section below entails the housing facilities for each security level. Here's a complete list of TDOC state prisons.
- Bledsoe County Correctional Complex
- Debra K. Johnson Rehabilitation Center
- Hardeman County Correctional Facility
- Lois M DeBerry Special Needs Facility
- Mark Luttrell Transition Center
- Morgan County Correctional Complex
- Northeast Correctional Complex
- Northwest Correctional Complex
- Riverbend Maximum Security Institution
- South Central Correctional Facility
- Trousdale Turner Correctional Center
- Turney Center Industrial Complex
- Whiteville Correctional Facility
- West Tennessee State Penitentiary
Security Levels Classification by Tennessee Department of Corrections(TDOC)
TDOC manages its 14 housing facilities efficiently based on this security levels classification.
- Level 4 Security: Maximum Custody – Inmates housed here are under intense supervision due to recent and severe conduct threatening the institution's security.
- Level 3 Security: Close Custody – Due to their conduct and offense history, these inmates are housed here with heightened supervision but less than maximum custody.
- Level 2 Security: Medium Custody –Inmates with minor disciplinary issues are housed within the secure perimeter.
- Level 1 Security: Minimum Custody – Minimum custody includes minimum restricted, direct, and trusty inmates.
Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4 Prisons In The State of Tennessee
The following are some of the level 1 to level 4 prisons in the state of Tennessee:
Bledsoe County Correctional Complex- Level 3 facility
Located in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex (BCCX) is a level 3 correctional facility with three units that can house 2,539 inmates: Site 1, Site 2, and Unit 28 (previously Southeast Tennessee State Regional Correctional Facility) (for female offenders).
All male TDOC (Tennessee Department of Correction) offenders are admitted to Site 1, providing a complete diagnostic assessment to determine their medical, mental health, and program needs.
Site 2 is a time-building facility with 999 inmates, including a 152-bed male annex, and offers vocational programs to help with the inmates' reintegration into society.
Finally, unit 28 houses 300 female offenders and provides vocational programs like CAD, Cosmetology, and Landscaping/Gardening to aid in their successful reentry.
Debra K. Johnson Rehabilitation Center- Level 4 facility
Debra K. Johnson Rehabilitation Center presently goes by the name of Tennessee Prison for Women (DJRC). Level IV is the primary classification of this prison.
This primary prison accommodates female criminals with detention levels ranging from minimal to maximum, including one female death row inmate.
To meet the needs of its inmates' rehabilitation, DJRC offers a wide range of vocational and educational programs, including adult primary education, high school equivalency testing, and the BEST (Building Entrepreneurship for Success in Tennessee) program.
Hardeman County Correctional Facility
The Hardeman County Correctional Facilities Corporation is the property owner of the Hardeman County Correctional Facility, which CoreCivic contractually administers.
The academic and vocational programs, mental health programs, and employment programs available to inmates at the Hardeman Facility are the same as those offered to other prisons owned and run by TDOC.
One thousand nine hundred seventy-six. In addition, medium security beds at the facility are under contract with TDOC.
Lois M DeBerry Special Needs Facility
Offenders with complex medical and mental health requirements are treated by various services within the Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility (DSNF).
It offers programs for the mentally handicapped, sheltered workshop programs, and mental health centers for immediate intervention.
The DSNF also facilitates transportation and coordination of services between the facility and other hospitals and clinics, providing comprehensive and specialized care to offenders across all TDOC facilities.
Mark Luttrell Transition Center
It aims to give male criminals the social skills, job skills, and self-discipline they need to reintegrate into society successfully. It can accommodate 454 people.
The residents have phase-based programs. A structured learning environment is the main focus of Phase I.
The residents engage in more programming during Phase II while continuing to work at the facility.
When Phases I and II are completed, participants proceed to Phase III, where they continue to work in the community and live at MLTC until their parole or term is over.
Morgan County Correctional Complex- Level 2
The Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex was shut down due to the expansion of MCCX, saving the state of Tennessee $3.6 million.
There are 120 beds set aside for maximum security, and it is intended to be medium security detention with a capacity to house 2,441 prisoners. Offenders can access programs, including Impact of Crime on Victims, GED Testing, Community Service Work Crews, and Pre-Release.
Northeast Correctional Complex-Level 3 facility
The Northeast Correctional Complex (NECX), a close-custody facility, houses prisoners at various security levels.
One hundred eighty examples, prisoners less than ten years from release are incarcerated in Carter County, while 300 convicts are kept at a minimal annex facility in Johnson County.
The facility runs significant community service programs and provides thousands of hours of labor each year to East Tennessee's state, local, and nonprofit organizations.
Northwest Correctional Complex
One of Tennessee's five model prisons, the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX), serves as the TDOC's leading facility for educational purposes.
It offers a variety of programs, including special education services, adult primary education, GED preparation, and college degree programs.
Riverbend Maximum Security Institution-Level 4 facility
The Riverbend Maximum Security Institution (RMSI) is a modern confinement facility that replaced the Tennessee State Penitentiary.
Its mission is to house and manage high-risk male offenders while ensuring public safety and providing rehabilitative programs.
With a capacity of 748 offenders, and 480 classified as high risk, RMSI houses all of the state's male death row offenders and all security levels of male convicts.
South Central Correctional Facility- Level 2 facility
A private correctional management corporation named CoreCivic runs the South Central Correctional Facility (SCCF), a medium-security prison.
For offenders, it provides a range of self-improvement programs, such as the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP), career technical education, job programs, and mental health services.
Trousdale Turner Correctional Center- Level 2 facility
The Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) is another CoreCivic-managed medium security facility.
It offers an extensive reentry and rehab curriculum, which includes the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP), to assist offenders in overcoming their destructive behavioral patterns.
Turney Center Industrial Complex
Main Facility- Level 3 facility
The Turney Center Industrial Complex (TCIX) is a closed security facility. Offenders can participate in academic programs, including adult primary education and Nashville State Community College courses.
Annex- Level 1 facility
The Turney Center Industrial Complex Annex is a minimum security fast-track facility. It offers a range of rehabilitation programs to prepare offenders for release.
Whiteville Correctional Facility- Level 1,2
The Whiteville Correctional Facility (WCFA) is a minimum-security to medium-security time-serving facility run by CoreCivic.
WCFA provides a range of programs to support offender rehabilitation, including cognitive-behavioral substance abuse programs, life skills training, anger management, pre-release counseling, and family counseling.
West Tennessee State Penitentiary- Level 4,3,2,1
A facility for managing adult male offenders with security levels ranging from minimum to maximum.
WTSP includes a Security Management Unit (SMU) for close custody offenders. It provides various vocational and educational programs, such as the HiSet (formerly the GED), adult primary education, and college correspondence courses.