No Request From Governor To Review TDOC Early Release Program

Oct 19, 2022 | Political News

Governor Lee has not asked the Department of Corrections to look into a state policy that would allow for the possibility of reduced sentences for violent offenders in Tennessee, and state prison officials are not currently implementing any review of the policy either, even after recent cases in which violent offenders were back on the streets because of those early releases.

Both the suspect from the recent murder of Memphis teacher Eliza Fletcher and those accused of a shooting spree that left 4 dead in Memphis were released from their previous sentences several years early. 

State policies allow inmates to accumulate credit that entitles them to up to eight days per month off of their sentencing time if they meet certain stipulations. The program is intended to promote “acceptable program participation and good institutional behavior.” A disciplinary board awards the sentence reductions, which are not guaranteed.

Tennessee lawmakers recently passed the “Truth in Sentencing” law that went into effect on July 1. This new law makes it a requirement for offenders of certain crimes to serve 100% of their sentence. Those crimes include murder, rape, aggravated assault, along with others.