*Use P.O. Box 1150 for inmate correspondence.
West Tennessee State Penitentiary (WTSP) is a time-building institution with a mission to serve the public by managing adult male felons classified as maximum, medium and minimum custody. WTSP provides a secure environment along with educational and vocational opportunities.
Educational and vocational programs available are GED, Adult Basic Education, college correspondence courses, microcomputer technology class, as well as wood working and masonry. WTSP also has TRICOR operations which consist of a farm, digital tag plant, and a textile plant.
From Nashville - Take 1-40 to Exit 56 (Brownsville.). Make a right turn onto Hwy. 76. Make a left turn at the 4-way stop (Hwy. 70/76/19 JCT.) Continue through two 4-way stop signs until coming to Hwy. 19 East/West. Make a left turn onto Hwy. 19 going West. Travel Hwy. 19 until it ends at the Hwy. 51 By-Pass. Make a left turn on Hwy. 51 By-Pass South. Follow 51 By-Pass South approximately five miles to Henning. At the red light, make a right turn onto Hwy. 87 West. Follow Hwy. 87 approximately 12 miles to WTSP.
From Memphis - Follow Danny Thomas Blvd. (turns into Hwy. 51 By-Pass.) approximately 46 miles to Henning. Make a left turn onto Hwy. 87 West. Follow Hwy. 87 approximately 12 miles to WTSP.
- Opened in 1990
- Operating Capacity - 2,505
- Security Designation - Maximum
- Accredited by ACA