Prison Overcrowding: Tennessee

Below is a summary of information including: statistics from Tennessee’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s prison overcrowding dilemma, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.

Facts and Figures 2007-2008

DOC Costs

  • Annual budget: $688,516,600
  • Average annual cost per inmate: $23,324

DOC Staff and Population

  • Total department active personnel: 5,000
  • Total number of correctional institutions: 14
  • Total incarcerated under DOC jurisdiction: 20,482

Organization of state divisions, view here.


  • Budget: $68,542,919
  • District Offices: 8
  • Officers: 1,167
  • Population
    • Parolees: 10,617
    • Probationers: 47,650

Overcrowding Quick Facts

  • Over the next 12 fiscal years, Tennessee’s incarcerated population is projected to increase by 11.7%, while the operational capacity is expected to increase by 9.1%
  • In 2007, all of Tennessee’s facilities were operating at over 90% capacity

Points of Contact

Rachel Jackson Building North, Sixth Floor
320 Sixth Avenue Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0465

Policy, Planning & Research – To request statistics/computer files, please send your request to

DOC Executive Staff, view here

News and Media

  • Due to budget cuts, Tennessee to reduce prison populations over next two years read more.

Helpful Links

Tennessee Department of Corrections

2007-2008 Annual Report

See also:

Vermont Prison Overcrowding