Tennessee still struggling to fill jobs in state prisons and probation offices

Nov 5, 2019

Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashvile
Credit TN.GOV

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- Tennessee Department of Corrections officials say the state’s probation officers are quitting at an alarming rate.


Governor Bill Lee is holding budget hearings on Capitol Hill this week. During TDOC’s presentation Monday, officials noted that one corrections worker in four leaves state employment each year.


Even more concerning, TDOC HR Director Brian Hughes told the governor the rate of attrition for probation officers is accelerating.


“Over the last 12 months we’ve seen our vacancy rate for front-line officers essentially double. It went from about nine percent to up over 18 percent in the past 12 months.”

TDOC is asking Gov. Lee for a rougly $10 million dollars budget increase to fund raises for probation officers.


The request comes on the heels of a $21 million dollar budget increase last year to fund raises for the state’s corrections officers.