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Our Mission, Vision & Purpose
Division of Corrections SealMission Statement
As Shelby County employees of the Division of Corrections, we follow the mandates of the courts and laws of Tennessee related to the incarceration of inmates in a cost-effective manner that ensures the safety of the citizens of Shelby County.

We encourage the rehabilitative process through a variety of programs that provide opportunities for a more productive life upon release. We are responsive to the needs of stakeholders requiring our services, including elected officials, internal customers, and citizens of Shelby County. We strive to accomplish our purpose and goals through the development of well-trained staff, guided by competent and capable leaders.

Purpose & Responsibilities
Our primary goal as an institution is to rehabilitate those incarcerated. Our strategy here at the Division of Corrections is to provide a learning atmosphere where teaching clients life skills will provide them with essential tools needed to prevent them from being repeatedly incarcerated upon release. Skills we teach include: 
  • Continuing education and exploring talents
  • Financial planning
  • How to make decisions
  • Setting goals
  • Spiritual growth

We, as an institution, believe volunteerism is a manifestation of social responsibility to help meet the needs of members of the society who are making inadequate adjustment or an attempt to resolve social problems. The most frequently involved institution has been the church.

Our Vision
We will be a team of correctional professionals employing best practices to become a state-of-the-art operation that engages inmates in constructive endeavors for the well-being and the betterment of the community.

Vasco A. Smith, Jr. County Administration Building • (901) 222-2300
160 North Main Street Memphis TN 38103
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