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Tennessee Inmate Records

Tennessee inmate records are documents containing information about individuals incarcerated in prisons and jails in Tennessee. Generally, these inmate records contain personal information, such as the inmate's name, gender, race, date of birth, and mugshot, as well as administrative data regarding the inmate's incarceration, transfer, and release. This information is available for public access per the Tennessee Public Records Act.

Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies as well as third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer an easier search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:

  • The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
  • The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.

Facilities Operated by the Tennessee Department of Corrections

The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) is in charge of 14 state prisons across the state. The agency directly manages ten of these facilities, while the remaining four are operated by CoreCivic, a private corporation. Interested persons who wish to access the physical addresses and contact information of Tennessee state prisons may check the prison lookup tool. Besides state-run and private prisons, Tennessee also has county, town, and city jails. These facilities are under the administration of local law enforcement agencies like the sheriff's office or police department.

How to Send Money to an Inmate in Tennessee Prison and Jail

Generally, the TDOC opens a trust account for all inmates booked into Tennessee state prisons. Inmates use the funds in this account to purchase items at the commissary. Friends and relatives of inmates in state prisons can send money into the Offenders Trust Fund account through JPay, a third-party vendor approved by the TDOC.

JPay allows online deposits with cards and cash deposits to inmate accounts at walk-in locations around the state. Payment is also possible over the phone by calling (800) 574-5729 or by mail with a money order form. In any way, the depositor must provide the necessary details to facilitate a deposit, including the inmate's full name, identification number, and facility address. where the inmate will be located. The mail-in address for money orders is:

JPay
P.O. Box 279010
Miramar, FL 33027

Note that money orders are processed within three working days. Also, money orders are completed without transaction fees.

How to Visit an Inmate in Tennessee Prison and Jail

Anyone wishing to visit an inmate in Tennessee prisons must follow the Tennessee Department of Correction guidelines. A good rule of thumb is to confirm that the inmate is still at the facility of incarceration before applying for visitation privileges. The Tennessee Department of Corrections maintains a free online database with information on adults serving time in Tennessee prisons. Interested persons may search this database with the offender's name or TDOC number.

Once the location is known, eligible visitors can schedule a visit by completing a visitation form and mailing the form to the Associate Warden of Security at the prison where the inmate is serving time. It takes up to 30 days to process an application for visitation privileges. Once approved, the individual may visit the prison during visitation hours and per the facility's visitation rules. Generally, all approved visitors must have a valid, government-issued photo ID to gain access to the facility.

Although Tennessee jails have similar ID and dress code requirements, visitation rules are different. Concerned persons may visit the jail administrator for instructions on visiting persons serving time in county jails.

How to Perform a Tennessee Prison Inmate Search

Tennessee prison inmate search is open to all persons. Interested persons may use the Felony Offender Information Locator (FOIL) to run a free inmate search by name. FOIL is an open online database created and managed by the TN Department of Corrections. The Tennessee state prison inmate lookup may be used by family, friends, crime victims, legal professionals, and anyone interested in a prisoner.

The database is restricted to information on convicted felony offenders in Tennessee. As such, information on criminals convicted for more minor crimes is not readily available. Persons who wish to access such information must contact the Department of Corrections directly.

Tennessee Department of Correction
Rachel Jackson Building, Sixth Floor
Nashville, TN 37243-0465
Phone: (615) 741-1000

How to Perform a Tennessee County Jail Inmate Search

County jails are facilities where persons convicted for less than one year serve time. The local law enforcement maintains publicly available information regarding jail inmates on jail rosters and inmate lists. Interested persons who wish to find a person in jail may visit the local law enforcement website or contact the jail administrator directly.

The Difference between Tennessee State Prisons and County Jail

There are a total of 14 state prisons and county jails in Tennessee. Out of these, some are operated by the Tennessee Department of Corrections, while a few are privately operated.

The largest prison in Tennessee is the West Tennessee State Penitentiary, which can house up to 2,280 inmates. The second-largest facility is the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center, which has a capacity of 1,784 inmates. The third-largest prison is the Northeast Correctional Complex, which can accommodate 1,664 inmates.

The average daily population of all 33 prisons and jails in Tennessee was 23,430 in 2018. The average daily population of state prisons was 20,608, while the average daily population of county jails was 2,822. The recidivism rate in Tennessee was 26.8% in 2018. This means that more than one in four offenders released from prison in Tennessee will be re-incarcerated within three years.

How to Find an Inmate Release Date

Inmate records typically contain the incarcerated person's release date unless this information is private for safety reasons. In such cases, only the inmate's immediate family members, crime victims, attorneys, and authorized criminal justice officials, will have access to the exact release date.

Tennessee State Archives

State Archives

Search Includes

  • Arrests & Warrants
  • Criminal Records
  • Driving Violations
  • Inmate Records
  • Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Bankruptcies
  • Tax & Property Liens
  • Civil Judgements
  • Marriages & Divorces
  • Death Records
  • Birth Records
  • Property Records
  • Asset Records
  • Business Ownership
  • Professional Licenses
  • Unclaimed State Funds
  • Relatives & Associates
  • Address Registrations
  • Affiliated Phone Numbers
  • Affiliated Email Addresses

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

The detention center is located in Knoxville, Knox County and houses more than 964 prisoners.

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