(MURFREESBORO) State Reprentative Mike Sparks noted, "It currently costs $76 per day to incarcerate an offender, but a new program can do that for $4 under Community Supervision."
As part of the Public Safety Act of 2016, the Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) implemented Day Reporting/Community Resource Centers, which serve as alternatives to incarceration by placing eligible participants in structured and intensive outpatient programs.
The program provides resources and services to offenders to assist them as they work towards becoming productive citizens in their communities.
In a TDOC press release, a spokesperson for the department explained that a one-year three-phase program will assist moderate to high-risk offenders with a substance use issue and/or a mental health issue.
In order to be eligible for the program, the participant must have received a felony conviction, be under the supervision of TDOC's Community Supervision, have at least 2 years left on probation supervision, and/or have substance use concern.
The Correction Department explained that their goal is to enhance public safety by changing the way we do business. It is more cost-effective to keep non-violent offenders out of the prison system.
TDOC says their goal is to provide the participants with evidenced-based programming and treatment in an environment where they can continue to be with their families and community."
The Tennessee Department of Correction's website lists the mission statement as: To enhance public safety by providing guidance, treatment,education and supervision to promote successful rehabilitation and re-entry.