Saving Tennessee Millions Annually
In 1985, Tennessee’s special legislative session created the Community Corrections (CC) program to reduce prison
overcrowding. Since its inception, the CC program offers local courts increased options, assists victims, provides public services to local
governments and has proven to be highly cost-effective. Taxpayers avoid paying the significant costs of jail or prison for non-violent
offenders. The average cost is less than $4 a day for supervision. Statewide, the program has a successful termination rate of over 50 percent
and a less than 10 percent recidivism rate.
Who We Serve
The Community Corrections Program currently serves the 18th, 21st, and 23rd Judicial Districts consisting of Cheatham,
Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Stewart, Sumner, and Williamson counties. The program also serves Hickman, Lewis, and Perry counties (part of the
21st Judicial District) in the South Central Region.
Offenders sentenced to Community Corrections are required to be on house arrest for the first six months. After
successful completion of house arrest, the participants are advanced and supervised for six months on curfew. Each participant must complete
a minimum of 12 months of supervision along with all other court orders. Offenders are also ordered to obey certain rules and regulations
including, but not limited to, performance of community service work and payment of court costs, fines, and restitution.
Constant supervision in varying degrees continues throughout the program, and offenders may be electronically monitored.
They must make themselves available for alcohol and drug testing and, if results show dependency, may be required to obtain treatment or
participate in support groups.