View Our Practice Areas

Who resides inside Tennessee’s prisons?

As you watch the news or drive by one of Tennessee’s correctional facilities, you may think you could predict who you would find on the other side of the door. Perhaps you have a picture of a prisoner in your mind. Maybe you consider the offenses that landed an offender behind bars. However, the 2018 fiscal year report from the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) might be of interest, especially if you are open to exploring your possible race, gender or age bias.

System-wide community supervision demographics

Tennessee’s correctional system included more than 76,000 people as of the end of June 2018. This includes those in a correctional facility as well as those who are on probation or parole.

The TDOC report can answer some of your potential questions, such as:

  • What are the racial statistics? The majority of those involved in the system, 63 percent, are white while 34 percent are black. However, 40 percent of the felony inmates are black, and 57.6 percent are white. While other races cover 2.4 percent of the felony inmate population, they make up 3 percent of the system total.
  • How old are the people under supervision? The largest number of people involved are between the ages of 30 and 34 (16.4 percent). This age group contains 17.2 percent of the felony inmate population.
  • What is the gender breakdown? At 24 percent, females make up nearly one-fourth of the population, while males encompass 76 percent. However, 88.7 percent of the felony inmates are male.

Click here to learn more about the state’s correctional system, including rehabilitation and employment programs, visiting guidelines and volunteer opportunities.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Get Help Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Office Location:

The Law Office of Massey McClusky McClusky & Fuchs
3074 East Road
Memphis, TN 38128

Toll Free: 888-341-4226
Phone: 901-201-6747
Fax: 901-937-8004
Memphis Law Office Map

  • Best lawyers | Linking Lawyers and Clients Worldwide
  • NACDL | National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers | 1958
  • Super Lawyers
  • TACDL | wherever justice demands
  • Americas Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys | 2018 | Top 100
  • Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | U.S.News 2015
  • Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | U.S.News 2018
  • Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | U.S.News 2019
  • ABF Fellows
VISA | Master Card | American Express | Discover Network | Paypal