Capitol Hill Update from State Representative David Byrd December 23, 2020

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   TRICOR moves to bring job training to those housed in county and city jails — Under a new 2020 law, the Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Correction (TRICOR) is now authorized to provide job training to individuals incarcerated in Tennessee’s county and city jails. TRICOR is an organization operating within the Tennessee Department of Correction that provides job training to inmates in an effort to make them workforce ready and reduce the state’s recidivism rate.

   TRICOR may enter into contractual agreements with counties and cities to provide work training programs, including the Private Sector Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program for prisoners incarcerated in county and city jails. Public Chapter 705 will provide inmates housed in local and privately operated jails additional opportunities for job preparedness to get them on the right track upon their release from prison.

   New law cracks down on those who flee arrest – A new law passed this year cracking down on those who flee an arrest. Public Chapter 584 requires an offender evading arrest to pay restitution if he or she recklessly damages government property.

   Legislation calls for open records regarding acts of terrorism committed by juveniles – The General Assembly approved Public Chapter 806 that requires juvenile court petitions and orders to be open to public inspection if the delinquent act constitutes an act of terrorism or an attempt to commit terrorism if committed by an adult. The legislation also prohibits expunction of a juvenile’s record relating to a delinquent act of terrorism or an attempt to commit terrorism by an adult.

   An act of terrorism is defined as conduct that violates the law and is intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; influence the policy of a unit of government by intimidation or coercion; or affect the conduct of a unit of government by murder, assassination, torture, kidnapping, or mass destruction.  

   As always, I am truly humbled and honored to be your voice on Capitol Hill. If there is ever any issue I can assist with, please reach out to my office by calling 615-741-2190 or emailing me at rep.david.byrd@capitol.tn.gov.