Agency overseeing parole processes gets new name

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The agency that oversees parole processes in Tennessee has a new name.

The Board of Probation and Parole is now the Board of Parole.

The change was included in the public safety plan approved by lawmakers during the recent Tennessee General Assembly.

Under the plan, state probation and parole officers and other staff who support their work are now employees of the state Department of Correction.

Community supervision of adult offenders has also been transferred to the Correction Department.

Despite the changes, officials say the Board of Parole remains an autonomous agency. Functions that stay with the board include conducting hearings and making decisions on granting or denying parole.


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