In the helping field, we’ve gotten the knack of crisis management. Unfortunately, we’re not so good at lasting change. You’re given food but can’t make a meal. You’re provided shelter but can’t make a home. You’re placed on a job but can’t build a career. We know how to get people out of a jam. But to help them move on in their lives — to really thrive — we have a lot to learn.
It’s worth keeping this in mind as you look for help so you don’t expect too much from those providing it. What you find may take the sting out of your present situation. But, more than likely, it’s going to be up to you to do the additional work to make things better for good.
Jails, Prisons, Inmates
For the families, friends, and loved ones of Tennessee prisoners, it can be extremely hard to get accurate information — even about the most basic things like their whereabouts and when they will be coming home. The Following resources can help. However, it has been our experience that it often takes learning the ropes from someone who has been around this expansive and unresponsive bureaucracy and knows the ropes.
Find information about the prisons in Tennessee, their locations, visitation policies, offender trust and phone accounts, mail, and tours.
Look up current status, location, and parole eligibility of people who are or who have been in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Correction.
Find information about federal prisons through the nation, their locations, population statistics, and general information about the federal prison system.
Look up the current status and location of people who are or who have been in the custody of the US Bureau of Prisons from 1982 to the present.
Find information about people in custody at the Hamilton County Jail, including bond amount, court date, and information about victim notification.