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Tennessee Inmate Records

Tennessee inmate records describe the official data gathered by correctional facility authorities about individuals incarcerated in prisons and jails in the State of Tennessee. Inmate records include personal and administrative records. Examples of personal information are name, gender, race, date of birth, and booking photo. Administrative data record inmates’ arrival in correctional facilities and their incarcerations, transfers, and release. Most of these records are publicly available.

The Tennessee Correctional System

The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) oversees the operations of state and private prisons in Tennessee. It administers 14 state prisons across the state and directly manages 10 of them while the remaining four are operated by CoreCivic, a private corporation. TDOC groups these facilities by geographical region. There are three, four, and four state prisons in the East, Middle, and West Regions while all four privately managed prisons make up a separate group. For a complete list of Tennessee state prisons and links to facility pages, see the State Prison List on TDOC website.

Besides state-run and private prisons, Tennessee also has county, town, and city jails. Sheriff’s Offices run county jails while city and town jails are usually holding facilities managed by police departments.

How to Visit an Inmate in Tennessee

TDOC provides visitation policy and rules for Tennessee state and private prisons. Prospective visitors must apply for visitation privileges and be approved to visit inmates. An inmate’s visit list can only include immediate family members and up to eight other visitors. Both adults and minors must complete and submit a Visitation Form. This form is available online and to inmates wishing to send them to prospective visitors.

Enclose a current photo with the application and submit it to the facility where the inmate is being held. Address the envelope in this way: Associate Warden of Security (Deputy Superintendent at MLTC), Prison Name, and Prison Address. It takes 30 days to process each application. Offenders will be informed about the status of processed applications. They can then inform applicants about their visitation approval or denial.

Before visiting an inmate, approved visitors must also read TDOC Visitation Policy, List of Items Permitted Through Checkpoint, and the visitation handbooks of the prisons they wish to visit. You can find PDF copies of these handbooks as well as contact phone numbers of Tennessee state and private prisons on the Visitation page of TDOC’s website.

To visit an inmate in a local jail in Tennessee, it is best to first know the applicable visitation rules and schedules. You can find these information on the website of the local law enforcement agency running the jail. Some Tennessee jails require visitors to apply for visitation rights before heading to their facilities. Others allow inmates in different blocks to receive visitors on different days. Check the jail’s webpages to know the times visits are allowed and the regulations in place.

How to Send Money to Inmates in Tennessee Prisons and Jails

TDOC contracts JPay to receive and process funds sent to inmates in Tennessee state and private prisons. The four ways to send money to an inmate in a Tennessee prison are:

  • Cash deposit at a MoneyGram location
  • Credit/debit card deposits online at JPay.com
  • Credit/debit card deposits by phone
  • Money order sent by mail to JPay

Walk into a nearby MoneyGram location to send cash to an inmate in a TDOC facility. You will need to provide the following receive code, 6188, to process the payment. When sending a money order to a Tennessee inmate via JPay, you must also complete and enclose a deposit slip (Spanish version). Mail the money order and deposit slip to:

JPay
P.O. Box 279010
Miramar, FL 33027

To deposit money into an inmate’s account by phone, call (800) 574-5729 to speak with a live agent. This JPay phone number is available 24/7.

JPay charges convenience/transfer fees for funds sent to inmates in Tennessee. See its current rates on the Offender Trust Fund Account page on TDOC website.

Local jails in Tennessee handle inmate fund transactions differently. Most of them accept money orders sent to jail addresses. Some may also accept checks in this way. Friends and family can also send money to inmates in most Tennessee jails by depositing cash at kiosks or payment windows in jail lobbies. For specific information about fund deposit and transfer methods allowed by a county, city, or regional jail, visit the facility’s webpage online.

How Do I Find an Inmate in Tennessee?

TDOC provides an online inmate locator on its website to help citizens find the records of current and past inmates in state and private prisons controlled by the Department. Use the Inmate Search tool to find Tennessee offenders by name, TOMIS ID (a six-digit number unique to each inmate in TDOC facilities), or State ID. TDOC also provides mobile apps for searching for inmates in the facilities it manages. Download the Tennessee Felony Offender Search app for iPhones and Android phones to view inmate records including their locations and current status.

Most city, county, and regional jails in Tennessee also provide online inmate search tools or publish regularly updated rosters of inmates in their facilities. To find individuals held in these detention facilities, visit the website of the county or municipality where the jail is located and check the section dedicated to the local law enforcement agency or jail. If an inmate locator is unavailable, look for the contact information of the local jail and contact the facility by phone.

Tennessee State Archives

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Contact:(423) 345-8539

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Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

The Knox County main building and the parking lot

Knox County Jail

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