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 traditionalcollege students the chance to travel to the prison each week to take classes with the inmates.
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.
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.