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Tennessee has 109,000 felons currently in prison, on probation or parole.
 
In 2014, the operating budget for the Tennessee Department of Corrections was approximately $950,000,000.
 
It costs the taxpayer over $27,000 to house an inmate in prison for one year.
 
55% of the incarcerated have children under the age of 18 and the majority were the primary caregiver before incarceration.
 
The recidivism rate in Tennessee (i.e., percentage who return to prison) is 46% in three years.
 
97% of the incarcerated will be released into our communities at some point.