The average everyday person doesn't know that the men in the Tennessee Department of
Corrections are the ones who are the same people who are improving your communities. Sound
strange? To most people it would. However whole most people are living their normal everyday lives,
prisoners are out there in your community doing what they can to make a difference without any
expectation of recognition for their actions. These guys realize that though they can't change what
they've done in the past, maybe they can help to make a better future for some even less fortunate than
themselves. And yes, we do realize that there are some out there who are less fortunate than even us.
Well, we at the UNFORGIVEN decided that it was time to give those men who have given their time
and sweat, the recognition and thanks that they deserve. Some might think that a person in prison is a
cold and callous person, and I guess to some degree there are people in here like that. But no matter
who you are in here, there is always a part of you who is out there and wishes he or she could make
something better. I'm not saying that every person in here wants to change everything out there. But
there is at least something in every one of us that can identify with the next person's joy or even pain.
Maybe we have been there at one time or another and wouldn't want to see someone else go through
the same thing. Or maybe it's our small way of trying to make amends. Each of us have our own
reasons and most of us hope that those reasons will be enough.
Why don't we list a few of the things that the inmates in Tennessee's prison system have done for the
communities all over the state:
Lake County Correctional Facility:
Men regularly go out into the community of Dyersburg and Tiptonville to clean the city parks and
streets, help build houses for individuals, upkeep of state parks and Realfoot Lake.
Northwest Correctional Facility:
Men housed at Northwest's annex are taken out into the community of both Tiptonville and
Dyersburg for the purpose of upkeep and maintenance of city and state parks, to clear land, mow along
highways and to make sure our streets are free of litter.
Nashville Community Center Annex:
Here, men actually hold real jobs on the streets
of Nashville. It may sound impractical, but believe me,
his is about the only way you can successfully allow
a person to re-enter society with any chance of success
after spending years away from having a real life.
A very large number of men are sent out into the
community to clean parks, churches, roads and fields. These guys also help to keep your streets sanded
and salted when it snows.
Northeast Correctional Complex Annex:
Men at Northeast Annex are taken out into the communities of Mountain City and Johnson City to
clean state and city parks, streets and have even been known to build an addition to a fire department
AND and entire church. We think that is impressive. They also keep the roads clean during snow and
ice storms, help to remove fallen trees from roadways during the winter and road work during the
summer. These guys have even helped remodel a school. A couple of years back there was a flood in
Carter County and a lot of inmates helped out.
Carter County Correctional Facility:
The men here do most of their work in Elizabethton and Johnson City. They also clean back roads,
pick up litter, clean cemeteries and provided exceptional assistance during the flood that hit in Carter
Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary:
The men of Brushy Mountain take old
bicycles and restore them for less fortunate
children in orphanages. They receive bicycles
that are donated to the program, and with enough
time are fixed up to original, and, in some cases,
a whole new style of bicycle has been created that
can't even be found in a store.
To these individuals....we offer a heartfelt thanks. Know that there are those of us who are interested
in your work. If you know of any work that inmates, or an individual in prison, has accomplished or
provided to the public, then let us know and we'll get the word out. All names will be held confidential
unless otherwise noted.
The Lost Boy