The Field Services Division, which oversees supervision of probationers and parolees in the community, has moved to the Department of Correction, effective July 1, 2012.
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404 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Phone: (615) 741-2107
Fax: (615) 741-8513
Definition of Parole
"Parole" means the release of a prisoner to the community by the Board prior to the expiration of the prisoner's term subject to conditions imposed by the Board and to its supervision, or where a court or other authority has issued a warrant against the prisoner and the Board, in its discretion, has released the prisoner to answer the warrant of the court or authority.
Responsibilities of Parole Officers
It is the Parole Officer's responsibility to supervise and investigate the conduct, behavior, and progress of offenders assigned to them and to provide supervision progress reports to the court and the Board. Violation of any of the conditions of parole is potential cause for revocation by the Board and the court. Parole Officers report violations of parole to the court and the Board, and may recommend what action should be imposed.
Parole Officers monitor behavior and broker services to help reintegrate offenders into society. Parole Officers job duties include: preparing investigative reports for the court and the Board, presenting facts and evidence to the court and the Board at revocation hearings as well as other formal hearings, conducting home and employment visits, monitoring community service work, providing intensive supervision, acting as a community resource referral agent in attempting to meet the offenders' needs based on the risk and needs assessment, and locating absconders.
This program works with offender housing programs across the state. To find out more, click here.
For more information on offender employment, click here.
The Community Service Program, which is available to all offenders, provides services and assistance to non-profit and government agencies. Probation/Parole Officers are responsible for coordinating this program to facilitate appropriate assignments for the offenders and monitoring them to ensure the offenders are reporting to the agencies as agreed.
In FY 2007/2008, the Community Service Program contributed 192,745 hours of service to government and non profit agencies.
The Work Project Program, required by legislative action in 1984 and funded in 1985, is a special condition attached to probation certificates requiring offenders on probation to complete a specified number of work project hours in the community at no expense to the citizen.
The Interstate Compact Agreement for the supervision of parolees and probationers was established to provide for the orderly transfer of supervision of parolees and probationers between different state jurisdictions. All 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are members. The two primary goals of the compact are community protection and the rehabilitation of the client. Community protection involves regulation of travel, supervision of the offender, and returning of the offender to the sending state upon violation. The Interstate Compact for the supervision of adult offenders was enacted in Tennessee by the Legislature in 2002.
Offender Fee Collection
The Field Services Division collects fees from eligible probation/parole offenders according to TCAž 40-28-201. The fees are set at a maximum of $45 per month based upon income level and hardship factors, according to the statute. The fees are separated into three funds: supervision, diversion, and Criminal Injuries Compensation.
The supervision and diversion funds are utilized to offset the cost of offender supervision and may be used for funding of personnel, training of agency staff, purchasing agency equipment, and providing treatment for offenders.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund is operated under the auspices of the State Attorney General's Office. These monies are utilized to provide financial relief to crime victims or their next of kin for expenses incurred as a result of violent crime.
In addition to the above fees, applicable offenders may be responsible for additional fees, such as GPS and Sex Offender Registration, as well as the cost of reimbursing the Board of Probation and Parole for drug testing.
Programmed Supervision Unit/GPS Monitoring
For more information on PSU and GPS, click here.
The Institutional Probation/Parole Officer acts as an on-site liaison between the Board, Department of Correction adult institutions, and jails for the purpose of ensuring that the necessary information needed for the Board is gathered. Institutional Probation/Parole Officers provide information about parole policies and procedures to institutional staff and offenders, coordinate the approval of parole release plans, participate in pre-release programs, and execute parole, Community Supervision for Life and Determinate Release certificates. For a regional listing of IPPOs, click here.