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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I visit an offender?


offenders are instructed to send a blank visitor approval form to any individuals that he/she wishes to be submitted for approval. The completed form with a photograph will be returned to the institution by the potential visitor(s) for processing and/or approval. Visiting hours vary from institution to institution. For more information, please go to our visitation section.

How do I deposit money into an offender's telephone account?


OffenderConnect is available as a deposit service to add money to a GTL AdvancePay account or an Offender Phone account. You may get started today by visiting OffenderConnect.

How do I send money to an offenders' trust fund account?


The Tennessee Department of Correction has partnered with JPay to facilitate offender trust fund account deposits. Money may be deposited into offender accounts at all TDOC and CCA facilities.

How do I pay a community supervision fee?


The Tennessee Department of Correction has partnered with JPay to facilitate community supervision fees. Effective June 21, 2013, the probation and parole offices may no longer accept fees.

How do I send a package to an offender?


You may place an order the following ways:

  1. Online at:
  2. Fax your order form toll free to 866-401-5085
  3. Order by phone toll free at 855-247-6091
  4. Mail your order to: Union Supply Direct, Dept. 400 P.O. Box 309, Groveport, OH 43125-0309

For more information, refer to policy 507.02 (pdf format)(107 kb).

What is community corrections?


Community corrections is a court-imposed form of probation. The offender's prison sentence is suspended and community based supervision is provided by agencies who contract with the State. Offenders under community corrections supervision, unlike regular probation, receive credit, towards the expiration of the suspended sentence, for time served on the program.

Why do offenders on community supervision have to pay fees?


Field Services collects fees from offenders while they are on probation and parole based on the mandates of Tennessee Code Annotated 40.28.201.

What is determinate release?


It is the release on probation of offenders who are incarcerated with one to two year sentences at his or her earliest possible release eligiblity date.

How do I donate acceptable items to a prison?


For donation consideration, please refer to our donations policy.

How do I tour a prison?


The Tennessee Department of Correction offers prison tours to school groups.

How many offenders are incarcerated in adult institutions in Tennessee? How many offenders under 18 years of age are in adult institutions?


On January 31, 2015, there were 19,356 males and 1,490 females assigned to TDOC for a total of 20,846 offenders incarcerated in Tennessee's adult institutions. There are no adult offenders in the unit occupied by juveniles. On January 31, 2015, there were 12 juveniles incarcerated in our facilities.

How much does it cost per day to house a TDOC offender?


In FY 2013-14, the average cost-per-day to house a TDOC offender (including those housed at privately managed facilities) was $74.19. The cost to house a death row offender was $117.59.

How many offenders are on death row in Tennessee?


On May 15, 2015, there were 66 males and 1 female on death row in Tennessee totaling 67 offenders.

How many offenders are serving life sentences?


As of January 31, 2015, there were 1,926 offenders serving life sentences (i.e., life, life minimum and habitual) and 328 are serving life sentences without parole.

As of December 31, 2014, what percent of the Tennessee prison population was incarcerated on charges of:


  • homicide - 19.1%  (figure includes charges of Murder 1, Murder 2, and other homicides)
  • sex offenses - 13.6% (figure includes charges of Rape, Aggravated Rape, Aggravated Sexual Battery, and other sexual offenses)
  • drug offenses - 17.1%

What method of execution is used in Tennessee?


Lethal injection is now the primary method of execution in Tennessee. Legislation was passed in March of 2000, specifying lethal injection for all offenders sentenced to death except for death row offenders who committed their crime prior to January 1, 1999. The method of execution for those offenders shall be lethal injection unless electrocution is specifically requested.

When was the last execution in Tennessee?


The last execution in Tennessee was on December 2, 2009. Cecil Johnson was put to death by lethal injection for three counts of First Degree Murder.

How do I get information on how to do business with the Tennessee Department of Correction?


For information, go to Opportunities for Small Businesses.