Debra K. Johnson Rehabilitation Center

In accordance with Executive Order No. 56, signed by Governor Bill Lee on August 6, 2020, the Tennessee Prison of Women is now known as the Debra K. Johnson Rehabilitation Center (DJRC). The center, located in Nashville, is the primary prison for female offenders in the state. DJRC is a diagnostic center for females entering into the system. 

The prison houses female offenders with custody levels ranging from minimum to maximum. It currently houses one death row female offender. The primary designation is that of a level IV prison.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Tennessee Prison for Women are 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors who aren't available during weekend hours can visit their inmate on Friday evening between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

Each inmate is allowed up to four adult visitors at one time. There is no limit on the number of children.

Visiting Applications

Click here for the Visitation Handbook. This 18-page document will tell you everything you need to know about visiting your inmate at Tennessee Prison for Women, including dress codes and search procedures. If you have any questions, please call the contact line below.

Contact #:  (615) 741-1255, ext. 1273

Most TDOC offenders are allowed to visit with friends and family if they fill out the appropriate paperwork and follow the departmental policies and procedures.

Dress Code

Visitors are encouraged to dress casually and in comfortable attire that is not provocative or offensive to others. Clothing must fit in an appropriate manner, and all visitors must wear undergarments and shoes.

Shorts or skirts are permitted provided the leg is covered within three inches above the knee in a standing position, with the garment worn in the position in which it is intended to be worn. 

Dresses or skirts – with slit – the slit must not exceed three inches above the knee. No dress, skirt, shorts, etc. should have any slits in the front enclosure or seam of the garment. 

The following types of clothing are specifically prohibited. Jackets or other “coverings” will not be permitted in order to cover any of the listed items below or any other infractions. 

1. Spandex or spandex type garments. 

2. Any clothing that is transparent or translucent in nature. 

3. Sleeveless shirts or strapless dresses, or any clothing that exposes a bare chest, upper arms or midriff. 

4. Backless/wraparound dresses, skirts, blouses, Jackets or other “covering” will not be permitted in order to cover these above areas. 

5. Any camouflage type attire (even just a small amount, or as an accent color). 

6. Clothing with logos that contain pictures, slogans, vulgarity, tobacco/alcohol references or those that contain signs or symbols of any security threat groups (STG), or any clothing determined by the processing officer to be associated with any STG. The association may be made by color combinations, designs or logos affixed to the clothing, or even the manner in which it is worn. 

7. Cut off pants/shorts of any kind. No fraying is allowed. 

8. Any garment which has rips in them, manufactured that way or personalized, for example: holes in the knees or buttocks of pants, t-shirt with the neckline cut out. 

9. Bandannas of any kind.

During the winter months, visitors will be allowed to dress according to the weather; however, an excessive amount of clothing will not be tolerated.

Physical Address

Tennessee Prison for Women
3881 Stewarts Lane
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0468

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(615) 741-1255

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Tennessee Prison for Women
3881 Stewarts Lane
Nashville, Tennessee 37218-3302

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Tennessee Prison for Women. But they do have access to phones during certain hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Tennessee, please click here.

How to Send Money

JPay provides several ways to send money to an inmate at Tennessee Prison for Women. 


To send money online with a credit or debit card, click here. It's the quickest and easiest way to send money.


You can send money by phone using your credit or debit card. Call (800) 574-5729 to speak with a live agent 24/7.

Walk-In Cash

To send money using cash, visit any MoneyGram agent location and use receive code 6188. Click here to get a list of nearby MoneyGram locations.

Money Orders

All money orders must be sent with a deposit slip to:

P.O. Box 279010
Miramar, FL 33027

Money order deposits slips are available in English and Spanish.

Programs For Inmates

DJRC offers a multitude of educational and vocational programs to meet the rehabilitative needs of the offenders. Educational programs include adult basic education, high school equivalency testing and special education classes.  

Vocational classes include computer application and literacy, cosmetology, culinary arts and career management for success. Lipscomb University offers classes that allow offenders to achieve a college degree while incarcerated.

DJRC is the only prison in Tennessee to offer the BEST (Building Entrepreneurship for Success in Tennessee) program. This program seeks to empower individuals with the knowledge of starting their own business upon release from custody and to give them the knowledge of being great employees and giving back to the community.

TRICOR provides job opportunities for both the main prison and the annex.

Offenders have access to a full range of psychological and treatment programs which include substance use and anger management. The center offers a 64-bed intensive drug and alcohol treatment program called the Correctional Recovery Academy and maintains and operates a fully functioning clinic/infirmary that offers a variety of women services.

Weekend Child Visitation

DJRC offers a weekend child visitation program which has received national recognition. The program includes grandmothers as well as mothers.

DJRC has long recognized the need for mothers and their children to bond while the children are young. The prison sponsors a weekend visitation program that allows children between the ages of three months and five years (up to their 6th birthday) to spend a designated weekend with his/her inmate mother/grandmother.

The center has established separate quarters away from the general offender population for the child visitation program. Through the efforts of this program, infant and toddler children of qualifying offenders may be given the opportunity to bond with their incarcerated mothers during approved hours on the weekends. The children arrive at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and must depart no later than 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

An approved child visitation will allow only one child per visit per offender.  However, a total of sixteen children may stay with their mothers in single cell units in the new visitation space dedicated to the program. The child and mother eat their meals in a more relaxed family setting within this unit. There is also space dedicated to activities designed to foster child development.  There is an outdoor recreation area that has playground equipment and picnic tables.

Before approval for weekend visitation is granted, the mother must be classified to a medium or less custody level and be free of all class "C" disciplines for at least 90 days, no class "B" disciplines for at least six months and no class "A" disciplines for at least nine months. In addition, the mother must have successfully completed an institution sponsored parenting skills class.  

The child must have an approved application and certified birth certificate on file. Grandmothers are also given the opportunity to spend weekend visitation on designated weekends, if not filled to capacity.

Offenders convicted of child abuse or neglect are not permitted to participate unless visitation is recommended by the Department of Children's Services or specified by the court.  The child must be in good health and not in need of any special medical requirements.

During the visit, the mother must supervise her child at all times. Failure to maintain supervision may cause the visit to be suspended and may jeopardize future visits

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Careers at Debra K. Johnson Rehabilitation Center

To find out more information about a career with the Tennessee Department of Corrections and available jobs at Tennessee Prison for Women, click here.