- Strayer University - Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
The Tennessee State Department of Corrections is the umbrella over all the state county and private prisons; transitional and detention centers; parole, outreach and county jails. This 'umbrella' is divided into three geographic jurisdictions and includes the state's 14 state prisons such as South Central Correctional Facility, Tennessee Prison for Women, and Nashville Turney Center Industrial Complex, as well as federal facilities like the Federal Correctional Institution, Memphis. Altogether, there are 5,354 correctional officers in the state of Tennessee; the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that this number will increase by a steady 5% or 267 new jobs by 2022. Not included in this forecast are significant factors such as jobs opening due to retirement, attrition, and promotion. Due to this steady upward trend, the state of Tennessee is continually posting for accredited candidates who possess integrity and professionalism. To learn more about the field of corrections and how you may become involved, read on.