Tennessee Department of Correction

LIFE program
5:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

From Two Worlds: Tenn. College Students And Inmates Share Classroom, Friendship

Credit Lipscomb University

In 2007, Lipscomb University in Nashville began the Lipscomb Initiative for Education, or LIFE Program. The program provides college courses for the inmates at the Tennessee Prison For Women, but it also gives traditional college students the chance to travel to the prison each week to take classes with the inmates.

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Prison Phone Services
4:37 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Families Of Tennessee Inmates Could See Lower Phone Costs

Credit americantimes.org

New regulations by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could lower the cost of phone calls between Tennessee inmates and their families.  But prison rights advocates say the regulations don’t go far enough.

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Death Penalty
12:59 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Tennessee Requests Record Number Of Death Row Executions

Billy Ray Irick is scheduled to die by lethal injection for the 1985 rape and murder of the seven year-old Knoxville girl he was babysitting.
Credit Tennessee Department of Correction

In a state that has only executed six death row inmates since 1960, Tennessee appears ready to enter a period in which executions become more common.

The Tennessean reports the State Attorney General’s office recently petitioned the Tennessee Supreme Court to schedule ten executions, an unprecedented number.  One of those requests has been granted; Billy Ray Irick is scheduled to die January 15 for the 1985 rape and murder of a seven year-old Knoxville girl.

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