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Databases Updated on Apr 20, 2024

How to Perform Tennessee Inmate Lookup

The state makes it easy for you to find an inmate incarcerated in a state prison or jail. You can search with a name, prison ID, or race. The results will show you blocks of information on each inmate that matches your search including name, alias, birth date, race, gender, status, facility, sentencing, and parole dates. If you want more information, you can use Tennessee inmate records search online to get a report with mug shots, complete criminal record, arrests, and other details.

Creating Public Jail Records

The state creates and keeps detailed records for every inmate. It begins at the time of arrest and continues throughout the entire life of a prison inmate even through parole. Every new visitor they see is logged, every time they are moved to a new facility, that information is entered in, and everything else that affects them is kept in the jail record. Tennessee inmate search records are kept in paperwork form but also kept online in a computerized system to that all law enforcement can share the data and access any inmate’s information easily. A lot of the information in Tennessee prison inmate search records is available to them and accessible by anyone.

What are Tennessee Jail Records?

Tennessee jail inmate search records are the documents and forms filled out on every inmate in the state prison system. When someone is arrested, paperwork documents the offense and the prisoner is assigned an ID. This ID follows them throughout their journey through the penal system. Each new offense or action item that affects them gets entered into the online system. The jail records are shared among law enforcement to keep things on track with all the supervised inmates. Tennessee inmate search records are updated frequently, sometimes even daily.

Jail and Inmate Search in Tennessee

TN’s Department of Corrections runs off an annual budget of $975 million and a staff of 5,600 employees. Currently, the state has an inmate population of 30,654. Of those, 57% are White, and 41% are Black; the other 2% are different races. 89% of inmates in the state are male with the remainder being female. Along with those in prison, the state oversees another $58,450 people on probation, plus 11,778 on parole and another 7,908 in community corrections. About one-third of the inmates are there due to a violent offense committed against another person.

Criminal Justice Quick Facts

Tennessee Imprisonment Rate
Prison Population
Probation Population
Parole Population
3.7:1 (Black : White Ratio)
0.6:1 (Hispanic : White Ratio)
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate
Juvenile Custody Rate (per 100 000)
421,227 (8.26%)
Disenfranchised Population
173,895 (21.27%)
Disenfranchised African Americans
Corrections Expenditures (in millions)

Tennessee Parole Population

Tennessee parole population as of the beginning of 2016 counted 13,063 people, 234 paroles per 100.000 population. That’s by 971 people less compared to the previous year, which has decreased by 7.4%.

Paroles per 100.000 population (2016)
Parole Total Population in Tennessee (2016)
Parole Entries & Exits (2016)
Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number
Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents
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Adults entering parole, by type of entry
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Term of supervised release

Tennessee Prisons

The state currently operates and manages 112 jails and another ten prisons with an annual budget $975 million and 6,500 employees. The TN community corrections system is responsible for $58,450 people on probation, 11,778 on parole and 7,908 in other community corrections situations. Based on one hundred thousand residents, TN’s property crime rate is 2,854, their violent crime rate is 633, and the overall incarceration rate is 422. The average cost to house and care for an inmate in the state is $24,532. TN is proud of its correctional accreditation and leadership in the nation for excellence.

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