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.

What are 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.

How to Search for Inmates in Tennessee

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.

Criminal Justice Quick Facts

Tennessee Imprisonment Rate
Tennessee Imprisonment Rate: 437
Prison Population
Prison Population: 28,203
Probation Population
Probation Population: 62,829
Parole Population
Parole Population: 13,063
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate: Black : White Ratio - 3.7:1 Hispanic : White Ratio - 0.6:1
Juvenile Custody Rate
Juvenile Custody Rate (per 100 000): 97
Disenfranchised Population
Disenfranchised Population: 421,227 (8.26%)
Disenfranchised African Americans
Disenfranchised African Americans: 173,895 (21.27%)
Corrections Expenditures
Corrections Expenditures (in millions): 912

Tennessee Prisoner Statistics by Gender

The number of Tennessee prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 28,203, that saw a 0.1% increase compared to the previous year. Females made up 9.7% of prison population while the number of male prisoners counted 25,481 in 2016.

5 States with More Female Prisoners than Tennessee

State Number of Female prisoners

5 States with More Male Prisoners than Tennessee

State Number of Male prisoners
New York48,442

The Prisoner Change by Gender in % for the Last 10 Years

Number of Male Prisoners
Number of Female Prisoners
Change in Number of Male Prisoners
Change in Number of Female Prisoners

The Timeline of Total Prisoners from 2007-2016

The prison population of Tennessee is 28,203 inmates, that is 7.4% higher than it was 10 years ago. The highest number of prison population in Tennessee was in 2014, when the number of prisoners was 28,769 inmates.

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

Parole Total Population in Tennessee

Parole Entries & Exits

Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number


Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents

Increased by

Adults entering parole, by type of entry

Type of Parole Entry Number of Parolees
Mandatory: 6
Discretionary: 3,267
Reinstatement: 75
Term of supervised release: 0
Other: 5
Unknown or not reported: 0

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.

Private Facilities and Prisons

There is one private facility and 7 private prisons in the state, compared to the national statistics, the state counts a share of 4.1% of all the prisons found in the US territory.

Federal Prisons located in Tennessee

Prison Name Prison Type
Memphis FCI Federal Prison
Nashville RRMFederal Prison

Tennessee Inmate Records by Counties