Does the state have a sentencing commission? No. However, in 2005, the legislature created the Task Force on the Use of Enhancement Factors in Criminal Sentencing, which provides sentencing statistics on an annual basis that monitor the impact of the sentencing guidelines on Tennessee’s criminal justice system. Click here to learn more.
Does the state have sentencing guidelines? Yes. The guidelines are statutory and were created by the legislature in the Criminal Sentencing Reform Act of 2005. Click here to see the Task Force’s Annual Report on sentencing statistics.
If yes, are the sentencing guidelines voluntary/advisory or mandatory? Voluntary/advisory.
Does the state have drug courts? Yes.
Governor Bill Haslam
Tennessee Department of Corrections
Tennessee Board of Probation & Parole
Tennessee Executive Clemency (pardons and commutations): Handled by Tennessee Board of Probation & Parole.
Tennessee General Assembly (state legislature)
Tennessee Court System
Tennessee Drug Courts: No website available.
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