Tennessee: Prison Resources (2022)

2nd Chances, Inc.
P.O. Box 281972
Nashville, TN 37228
Phone:(615) 484-1500
Website: http://www.2ndchancesonline.org

  • Provides employment training, counseling, referral and support services to ex-offenders in rehabilitation and in their transition in the workforce. 2nd Chances, Inc. was started in February 2006 by three individuals who had a burning desire to empower and help those who had been incarcerated and were facing challenges finding employment after they had been released. Whether it is teaching basic interview skills, job referrals, or counseling, providing such services not only increases the individual's chances of success, but it also positively affects communities and taxpayers as a whole.

A Hand up Not a Hand Out
2300 Frayser Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38127
Phone:(901) 598-7062
Webite: http://www.ahandupnotout.webs.com or http://www.ahandupforlife.org

  • Offers life skills training, housing referral, transportation assistance, financial planning & job placement, and/or referral to multiple felony offenders, welfare participants and disabled individuals. This organization is driven by people who want to ensure that disadvantaged citizens receive the opportunity to reconstruct their economic status by rejoining the working class.

ACLU of Tennessee
P.O. Box 120160
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: (615)320-7142
Website: http://www.aclu-tn.org/

  • ACLU-TN is the only organization in the state dedicated to promoting and protecting constitutional rights. Our goal is to translate the Bill of Rights into an everyday reality for all Tennesseans.

Action Counseling and Consulting
151 Durkee Road Northeast
Cleveland, TN 37323
Phone: (423) 339-2713

  • Located in the 10th Judicial area serving Bradley, Polk, McMinn and Monroe counties.

Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Website: http://www.laet.org/

  • The mission of Legal Aid of East Tennessee is to ensure equal justice for elderly, abused, and low income persons, providing a wide range of civil legal assistance and advocacy.
  • With offices in Chattanooga, Cleveland, Knoxville, Johnson City, Maryville, and Morristown, LAET provides civil legal representation to East Tennesseans who would otherwise have no one to help them secure their basic legal rights.

Offices locations (6):

LAET Chattanooga
744 McCallie Avenue, Suite 410
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Toll free: (800)572-7457
Fax: (423) 265-4164
Contact: Russell Fowler
Email: rfowler@laet.org

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LAET Johnson City
311 West Walnut Street, Suite 100
Johnson City, TN 37604
Phone: (423)928-8311
Toll free: (800)821-1312
Fax: (423) 928-9488

LAET Maryville
307 Ellis Avenue
Maryville, TN 37804
Phone: (865) 981-1816
Fax: (865) 981-1816
Contact: Laura Rule, Managing Attorney

LAET Cleveland
Ron Haynes
85 Central Avenue Northwest
Cleveland, TN 37311
Phone: (423)479-8577
Toll free: (800)445-3219
Fax: (423) 339-3282

LAET Knoxville
502 South Gay Street Suite 404
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: (865)637-0484
Fax: (865) 525-1162
Contact: Dave Yoder
Email: dyoder@laet.org

LAET Morristown
1001 West 2nd North Street
Morristown, TN 37814
Phone: (423)587-4850
Toll free: (800)821-1309
Fax: (423) 587-4857
Contact: Jeff Armstrong

LAET Family Justice Center
400 Harriet Tubman
Knoxville, TN 37915
Phone: (865) 215-6830

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands
Website: http://www.las.org/

  • For 40 years, the Legal Aid Society has been a place for low-income families to find a helping hand with legal issues involving money, family, housing, health care and domestic violence. Donations of both dollars and time make it possible for the Legal Aid Society to provide services in 48 counties through eight offices located in Clarksville, Cookeville, Columbia, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Oak Ridge and Tullahoma.

Office Locations (8)

120 Franklin Street
Clarksville, TN 37040
Phone: (931)552-6656
Toll free: (800)238-1443
Fax: (931) 552-9442
Contact: Patricia Mock
Email: pmock@las.org

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104 West 7th Street
Columbia, TN 38402
Phone: (931)381-5533
Fax: (931) 381-5541
Contact: David Kozlowski
Email: dkozlowski@las.org

9 South Jefferson Avenue, Suite 102
Cookeville, TN 38501
Phone: (931)528-7436
Toll free: (800)262-6817
Fax: (931) 528-9350
Contact: Marla Williams
Email: mwilliams@las.org

650 North Water Avenue
Gallatin, TN 37066
Phone: (615)451-1880
Toll free: (800)238-1443
Fax: (615) 230-9952
Contact: Jim Hawkins
Email: jhawkins@las.org

526 North Walnut Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: (615)890-0905
Fax: (615) 890-5274
Contact: Barbara Futter
Email: bfutter@las.org

300 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37201
Phone: (615)244-6610
Toll free: (800)238-1443
Fax: (615) 244-4920
Contact: Ashley Wiltshire
Email: prulon@las.org

Oak Ridge
226-B Broadway Avenue
Oakridge, TN 37831
Phone: (865)483-8454
Toll free: (800)483-8457
Fax: (865) 483-8905
Contact: Neil McBride
Email: nmcbride@las.org

123 Northwest Atlantic Street
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Phone: (931)455-7000
Toll free:(866)898-0171
Fax: (931) 455-7003
Contact: Norm Feaster
Email: nfeaster@las.org

Living Development Concepts, Inc.
823 West McKennie Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206
Phone: (615) 262-5556
Website: http://bahelpinghand.org

  • Provides affordable housing and life skills for reentry from incarceration (housing assistance, job training and placement, counseling and support services).

Lifeline to Success
4029 Frayser-Raleigh Road
Memphis, TN 38128
Phone:(901) 481-5774
Website: http://www.lifeline2success.org

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  • Will provide clients with the support that is necessary to reenter society and have a positive impact in their communities by removing the negative perceptions that are associated with a criminal record. We will empower our clients with the tools necessary to become assets to society, while drastically reducing the recidivism rate in the Mid-South.

Memphis Area Legal Services
109 North Main Street, Second Floor
Claridge House
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901)523-8822
Fax: (901) 578-8566
Contact: Harrison McIver
Email: mals@malsi.org

Memphis Area Legal Services, Covington
899 A Highway 51, South
Covington, TN 38019
Phone: (901)476-1808
Toll free: (888)207-6386
Fax: (901) 475-6330
Contact: Mary Mayham
Email: www.malsi.org

Men of Valor
1420 Donalson Pike
Nashville, TN 37217
Phone: (615) 399-9111
Website: http://www.men-of-valor.com

  • Prison Ministry Services

Other Victim
3540 Summer Avenue
Memphis, TN 38122
Phone: (901) 529-7172

  • Pre-release planning, screening, orientation, housing placement assistance, employment readiness, placement assistance: includes group workshops and individual assistance. Clients can participate in job readiness job-search clinics and mock interview sessions, and also work individually with staff who helps them focus and follow through with personal job search strategies, and can also learn computer skills and prepare their resumes, help to finding and enrolling in vocational training.

Nashville Opportunities Industrialization Center
460 19th Circle North
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 248-2906
Website: http://www.oicnashville.org

  • OIV will enable the unemployed and underemployed who are ready and willing to achieve a better quality of life.

Project Return, Inc.
1200 Division Street, Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37203-4000
Phone: (615) 327-9654
Fax: (615) 327-3881
Email: pri@projectreturninc.org
Website: http://www.projectreturninc.org
Additional information: http://givingmatters.guidestar.org/NonprofitProfile.aspx?OrgId=1967

  • Founded in 1979, Project Return, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of Middle Tennessee's prison population for the good of the community as a whole. Nearly three decades of experience have resulted in a holistic case management approach designed to provide services that ensure quality, cost-effective assistance and support for former offenders and their families. The agency provides training and assistance designed to increase employability, improve life skills and coping skills, all in the hope of reducing the likelihood of recidivism.

Public Defender Social Worker
404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 2022
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: (615) 862-5744

  • Criminal Representation

Rosa's Children
P.O. Box 10996
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone:(423) 914-0016
Website: http://www.holston.org/events/ministries/rosas-children/

  • We work to reunite offenders with their families. We work to mentor the children of offenders and work within the family relationship to reintegrate offenders with their families.

Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services
50 Vantage Way, Suite 250
Nashville, TN 37228
Phone: (615) 627-0956
Fax: (615) 627-0964
Website: http://www.tals.org/Programs

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  • TALS fulfills its mission by: Ensuring that every low-income Tennessean has timely access to the civil legal Justice system; and, identifying the conditions adversely affecting low-income Tennesseans and implement strategies and develop resources to change those conditions.

Tennessee Corrections Institute
500 Deaderick Street 8th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 741-3816

Tennessee Department of Corrections
Rachel Jackson Building, Sixth Floor
320 Sixth Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0465
Phone: (615)741-1000
Website: http://www.state.tn.us/correction/index.html

  • Rehabilitative Services is committed to providing every offender with the opportunity to lead successful and productive lives through cognitive changes. Once his/her sentence is served, it is the department's goal to empower each ex-offender with skills necessary to re-enter society as an asset to the community. Rehabilitative Services is also committed to providing quality programming to improve behavior within the institution, reduce recidivism and promote public safety.

Tennessee Department of Human Services
1000 2nd Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37202-1028
Phone:(615) 532-4000
Website: http://www.state.tn.us/humanserv

  • Food Stamps, Families First, Medicaid, Tenncare

Tennessee Justice Center
301 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37201
Phone: (615)255-0331
Toll Free: (877)608-1009
Contact: Gordon Bonnyman
Email: info@tnjustice.org
Website: www.tnjustice.org

  • The Tennessee Justice Center is a non-profit, public interest law and advocacy firm serving the poor. We give priority to policy issues and civil cases in which the most basic necessities of life are at stake, and where our advocacy can benefit families statewide. We work to empower our clients - who drive our work - by holding government accountable for its policies and actions.
  • Advocacy Services
  • Health Insurance Information
  • Legal Counseling (including low income)

The Theotherapy Project
P.O. Box 60364
Nashville, TN 37206
Phone: (615) 525-3841
Website: http://www.theotherapyproject.com

  • The Theotherapy Project is a faith-based organization offering conflict resolution principles, programs and support groups to incarcerated men and women with the goal of restoring families and reducing recidivism. The Theotherapy Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit ministry, and partner of the Good Neighbor Foundation, LLC.

240 Great Circle Road, Suite 310
Nashville, TN 37228
Phone: (615) 741-5705
Website: http://www.tricor.org

  • The agency was created to provide occupational and life skills training for Tennessee's incarcerated population through job training, program opportunities, and transitional services designed to assist offenders with a successful reintegration into society. TRICOR's philosophy is to effectively manage revenue supported industry, agriculture, and service operations for the purpose of employing and training offenders, providing quality products and services, and assisting in transition services, all of which reduce the cost of government.

111 South Highland #174
Memphis, TN 38111
Phone: (901) 218-5423
Website: http://www.westcore.org

  • West TN Coalition for Offender Re-Entry is a consortium of 8 halfway houses, male and female, and several supporting service agencies whose primary focus is supporting men and women leaving incarceration. Most members are non profits and faith-based agencies serving Memphis and West Tennessee.

West Tennessee Legal Services
Website: www.wtls.org

  • WTLS is a non-profit organization that provides assistance in civil cases to individuals, families and communities. Our goal is to make this service available to the underserved populations of Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Dyer, Decatur, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henry, Henderson, Lake, McNairy, Madison, Obion, and Weakley counties.
  • WTLS handles the following types of civil cases: Access to health/medical care, Securing or retaining housing , Ensuring compliance with Fair Housing Laws, Securing or retaining income, Personal freedom and security rights, Parental rights with state action, Rights of persons in institutions, Freedom of all persons from abuse, Family issues, Education rights, Consumer rights, Community Education

Office locations (3)

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WTLS Huntingdon
113 West Paris Street
Huntingdon, TN 38344
Toll free: (800)499-1602
Fax: (731) 986-8977
Contact: Gale Edwards
Email: wtls@wtls.org

WTLS Jackson
210 West Main
Jackson, TN 38301
Phone: (731)423-0616
Toll free: (800)372-8346
Fax: (731) 423-2600
Contact: Steven Xanthopoulos
Email: steve@wtls.org

WTLS Selmer
LaFran Plunk
141 North Third Street
Selmer, TN 38375
Phone: (731)645-7961
Fax: (731) 645-7963
Email: lafran@wtls.org


What can I send to an inmate in Tennessee? ›

Newspaper and magazine clippings are also allowed, but should not be glued, stapled or contain paper clips. At no time are you allowed to send cash, checks, or any other items to an inmate. Offenders can purchase stamps, paper, envelopes, pens, and other items from the commissary.

Does Tennessee do conjugal visits? ›

--An amendment to a Tennessee bill will authorize the Department of Correction to create and implement a conjugal visit policy for inmates. Conjugal visits are visitation allowances where inmates are allowed private time with a spouse or visitor where the inmate can engage in sexual...

What is VPP in prison? ›

In line with best practice, the Violence Prevention Program (VPP) is delivered to sentenced prisoners who are assessed as being at high risk of violent re- offending, and have a high level of rehabilitative need.

Why was the Tennessee State Prison abandoned? ›

Tennessee State Prison is a former correctional facility located six miles west of downtown Nashville, Tennessee on Cockrill Bend. It opened in 1898 and has been closed since 1992 because of overcrowding concerns.

Does Amazon deliver to prisons? ›

Amazon.com makes deliveries to prisons. However, we recommend that you contact the prison first to confirm that they accept deliveries and to ask about any special policies they have. The label on the outside of the package should only state the destination address, Amazon.com company name, and return address.

Can you marry an inmate in Tennessee? ›

IV. DEFINITIONS: None. V. POLICY: An inmate in a correctional facility may be permitted to marry unless such marriage is found to be unlawful or presents a serious threat to the security of the institution.

Can a girlfriend have a conjugal visit? ›

There are only four states in the US still allowing conjugal visits in their prisons: California, Connecticut, New York, and Washington.

Do Convicted Murderers get conjugal visits? ›

Conjugal visits are usually only allowed in medium security or lower prisons, and are now allowed for prisoners convicted of sexual assaults. But each state has its own rules: Only New York and California, for example, allow same-sex conjugal visits.

What does OOA stand for prison? ›

Office of Appeals (OOA)

What does PID mean in prison? ›

Offender PID (Person ID) The PID is a number (up to 7 digits) that is used to uniquely identify the offender within the system, also known as an Offender ID. Class D (CD) These offenders are located in places like county jails and detention centers.

What does USP stand for prison? ›

United States Penitentiaries are the most volatile of all federal prisons. Federal. prisoners who serve inside of a USP, typically have an extensive history of violence.

What can you send on JPay? ›

JPay's Email service provides a way for friends and family to write electronic letters to their incarcerated loved ones. Most inmates receive their email within 24 to 48 hours, and many can respond electronically as well.

Can prisoners use cash App? ›

Cashapp Accounts

The only way for a loved one to legally place funds on an offenders account is via Securus or by mailing a money order to the Offender Finance Office.

How does JPay work in Tennessee? ›

Money sent through JPay is deposited electronically into the inmate's trust fund account, which they can then use to purchase items from the commissary and pay other expenses. The fastest way to send money is to visit JPay.com. You can also send money over the phone, at walk-in cash locations, or via money order.

Can you send music to inmates? ›

The subscription-based GTL Streaming Music Service provides inmates access to over 12 million tracks. With features like playlist creation and new artist discovery, inmates can listen to the songs they want, when they want.


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