NASHVILLE – Nashville, Tennessee --- The Board of Parole (BOP), the Department of Correction (TDOC) and the Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Correction (TRICOR) are planting trees in 10 communities across the state this week to honor victims of crime and recognize the advocates who work with them. Parole Board Chairman Richard Montgomery said, “Trees represent crime victims because they are strong and resilient. They may bend, but they rarely break. In that way, they demonstrate the steadfastness of people who have experienced crime – but refuse to be beaten by it.”
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Thursday evening hosted the 12th annual “Tennessee Season to Remember” ceremony at First Baptist Church in Nashville to honor victims of homicide. Haslam was joined by several state and local public safety officials. During the ceremony, families from across Tennessee placed ornaments on memorial wreaths in honor of their loved ones.
“We want these families who have suffered unimaginable loss to know that Tennesseans support them, and we hope the simple act of hanging an ornament in the name of a loved one can provide some comfort this holiday season,” Haslam said.
Nashville, Tennessee --- A former state representative is beginning a new career in public service as a Board Member at the Tennessee Board of Parole. Gov. Bill Haslam announced the appointment of Barrett Rich to the Board in August, but it could only take effect after Rich's term in the legislature ended on November 4.
Board Chairman Richard Montgomery said, “We are pleased to welcome Mr. Rich to the Board of Parole. His commitment to the people of Tennessee is evidenced through his prior experience in public service. I am confident he will make a positive contribution to the work of this agency.”
Nashville, Tennessee --- Trees are being planted in eight communities across Tennessee this week to recognize and honor victims of crime. The Tennessee Board of Parole, the Department of Correction and TRICOR are partnering to plan the events, which will also honor victim advocates during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
“Assisting crime victims in understanding and navigating the parole process is a vital part of our work,” said Board Chairman Richard Montgomery. “These events highlight the importance of victim impact in the criminal justice process.”
NASHVILLE --- Three Tennessee criminal justice agencies are partnering to plant trees in honor of crime victims during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 6 - 12.
This year, the Tennessee Board of Parole, the Department of Correction and TRICOR are sponsoring events in eight different communities across the state. They are Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, Jackson, Bristol and Clarksville.
Nashville, Tennessee --- Gov. Haslam has appointed a Jackson resident to a term on the state Parole Board. Gay Gregson begins work with the agency on February 18.
Board Chairman Richard Montgomery said, “Mrs. Gregson is a dedicated community volunteer with a great compassion for people. That background, along with her career experience as an educator and business owner, will give her a broad perspective as she begins her work with the Board. I believe she will make a positive contribution here.”
The mission of the Tennessee Board of
Parole is to minimize public risk
and promote lawful behavior by the prudent,
orderly release of adult offenders.
The Board of Parole is an independent agency of the State of Tennessee. It is composed of seven members who are appointed by the Governor. Member terms last six years and may be renewed upon the Governor's recommendation. Board members live and work in all three of Tennessee's Grand Divisions.
By statute, the Board has the authority to parole eligible offenders who have served a certain percentage of their sentences. It also has the authority to revoke parole privileges if offenders do not comply with supervision rules and standards set forth for them upon their release. Additionally, the Board considers requests for executive clemency and makes recommendations on those requests to the Governor.