The Tennessee Department of Correction expects all inmates to work or attend school. The community work program is just one way offenders are giving back to the community in a meaningful way.
For calendar year 2011, the community crews worked an average of 37,000 hours a month. These crews worked for other state agencies, local government and non-profit organizations.
From January, 1996 through December 2011, community crews have performed over 19 million hours of community work.
The state agencies that received some type of assistance from the crews during 2011 are the following:
Department of Children's Services
Department of Correction
Department of Education
Department of Environment and Conversation
Department of Forestry
Department of General Services
Department of Safety
Department of Transportation
Department of Veteran Affairs
Tennessee Emergency Management Association