Electronic Monitoring Indigency Fund --

-SB806 re-invests in the Electronic Monitoring Indigency Fund (EMIF), updating the fund to include GPS monitoring and local matching to remove the financial burden for low risk offenders enabling them to remain in their community rather than in jail.

-Provides that the EMIF will apply to ignition interlock and transdermal monitoring devices for DUI offenses, as well as GPS monitoring devices.

-Allows local matching for non-interlock monitoring devices. To participate, the local government will have to notify the Treasurer of the amount it intends to contribute for the year. The local government will pay 50% of the costs associated with the monitoring devices, and the state will match the cost by providing the other 50% of the funding.

-Helps reduce the pre-trial overcrowding in most of the county jails across our state.

-Currently, the EMIF covers ignition interlock and transdermal monitoring devices for alcohol or drug-related driving offenses, but not GPS monitoring.

-GPS monitoring is a supervision option for those assessed to be of low enough risk to remain in their community rather than in jail. Because a monthly fee was required to be paid to the monitoring agency, it was not an option that all eligible individuals were able to afford.

    Higher Education Opportunities for Inmates --

-SB1061 requires the Department of Corrections, in partnership with Tennessee Higher Education Commission and Board of Regents, to develop and submit an annual report that details higher education opportunities available to inmates to the General Assembly.

-Requires the department to develop a plan to equip ten percent of eligible inmates with a degree, diploma, or certificate by 2025 through increasing availability and participation in higher education among Tennessee’s prison population. 

    Reducing Recidivism --

-SB782 improves a law passed last year to reduce recidivism through innovative pilot reentry programs.

-Revises the definition of recidivism so that outcomes can be measured more effectively for the local jail grant program.

-Gives more clarity to who is eligible for grants and ensures there is enough time for the program’s successful completion. 

-Some of the re-entry programs that were chosen for this pilot program have reduced their recidivism rate down to 15 to 25 percent.

-(BACKGROUND: Each year, about 5,000 Tennesseans leave Tennessee prisons after serving time for their crimes, with approximately 46 percent re-incarcerated within three years.  This criminal justice reform program seeks to help these individuals become productive, taxpaying citizens, to keep them from turning back to a life of crime.  It also aims to identify and formulate better policies that can be scaled throughout the state.)

    Criminal Charges Expungement Fee --

-SB797 Eliminates the burdensome $180 expungement fee associated with clearing records of certain criminal charges to help these individuals to secure employment and stable housing instead of re-entering prison. 

You May Contact Senator Hensley at

425 5th Avenue North, Suite 746

Nashville TN 37243


Toll Free 1-800-449-8366 ext. 13100

Fax 615-253-0231

855 Summertown Highway

Hohenwald TN 38462

Phone 931-796-2018

Cell Phone 931-212-8823

E-mail: sen.joey.hensley@capitol.tn.gov