The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) has emerged as a model in the nation for its management practices and cost-saving measures since becoming one of the first correctional systems in the country to be fully accredited in 1994. Since that time, each component of the system has been re-accredited in a three-year cycle by the American Correctional Association.
The department manages and operates 10 adult prisons, contracts with a private prison management company for the operation of one prison, and contracts with several counties for the operation of three other prisons, collectively housing some 21,000 offenders. The TDOC also supervises some 79,000 offenders on probation, parole or community corrections. The community supervision unit consists of 17 districts and 45 probation/parole offices. The department has more than 6,500 employees. The Tennessee Correction Academy in Tullahoma is the department's training facility.
The department continues to be committed to ways to operate its prisons in an efficient and effective manner while maintaining the safety of the public, its employees and the offenders in its custody.