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TDOC Introduces Automated Fee Collections

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Corrections; July 5, 2013:

NASHVILLE – The Department of Correction has launched an automated fee collection system to streamline services and enhance accountability. Offenders on probation or parole are now able to pay their supervision and other fees online, through wire transfer, by sending money orders to JPay, or by phone. Family and friends of inmates can also make deposits into trust fund accounts through the automated system.

“As part of the top to bottom review of our agency, we determined an automated system would increase efficiency and free up our probation/parole officers to spend more time in the community supervising offenders,” Commissioner Derrick Schofield said. “Our commitment is to enhance public safety by ensuring we utilize the best methods available to add accountability to the system. A number of offenders who want to succeed and complete their probation or parole often struggle getting to our offices to pay their fees, particularly in areas where public transportation is unavailable. This method will result in fewer arrests for failure to pay,” Schofield said.

The vendor, JPay, is providing the service at no cost to the state. A convenience fee is applied to online, wire transfer, and phone payments. The free option still exists for those who prefer to purchase and mail money orders. For more information visit our website at www.tn.gov/correction.

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DOC Awards Big Brothers, Big Sisters $250K Grant to Break ‘Cycle of Crime’

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Corrections; July 20, 2012: 

NASHVILLE – Recognizing the importance of mentors in the lives of children of incarcerated parents, the Tennessee Department of Correction has awarded a $250,000 grant to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi initiative. The program works to break the intergenerational cycle of crime and incarceration and gives an often forgotten group of children the chance to reach their highest potential.

“The Amachi initiative promotes our efforts to not only correct criminal behavior, but also to preserve families,” Commissioner Derrick D. Schofield said. “Governor Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly recognized the need to see this important initiative succeed in helping children become productive citizens.”

“Governor Haslam’s inclusion of Big Brothers Big Sisters Tennessee Amachi into his budget is one of the best announcements that this agency and our partner agencies in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Clarksville have received since we began this award winning program in 2004,” said Lowell Perry, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. “We are grateful for the vision of the Governor’s Office, TDOC Commissioner Schofield and the General Assembly, particularly Representative Debra Maggart, in recognizing the impact this proven evidence-based program is making in the lives of children facing adversity across Tennessee.”