West Tennessee State Penitentiary

West Tennessee State Penitentiary (WTSP) Site 2 is a time-building prison with a mission to serve the public by managing adult male offenders classified as maximum, medium and minimum custody.  WTSP provides a secure environment along with educational and vocational opportunities.  WTSP provides a Security Management Unit (SMU) program for close custody offenders. There is also the MSC (Minimum Security Complex). The Women's Therapeutic Center is also located at this site.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visitation for general population and MSC will occur on the following days and time: 

Monday 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Holidays 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Monday night visitation is allowed only for the purpose of providing visitation privileges to inmates who are unable to visit on weekends due to work schedules or other conflicts. Inmates who visit on Saturday or Sunday will not be allowed to visit on Monday night. 

For a complete visiting schedule, please refer to the Visitation Handbook.

Visiting Applications

Click here for the Visitation Handbook to find out everything you need to know about visiting your inmate at West Tennessee State Penitentiary. 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.

Mail completed applications to:

Associate Warden of Security – (please specify MSC or Site 2)
West Tennessee State Penitentiary
P.O. Box 1150
Henning, TN 38041

All visitors, regardless of age, other than attorneys and clergymen must have an approved Visitation application on file which contains a current photograph. Applications must be filled out completely and mailed to the address above. 

As noted on the Visitation application, all visitor applicants are subject to a NCIC background check. If there are any questions, concerns, complaints or referrals, please call 731-738-5044, ext. 3230 and ask for the Senior Officer. 

It takes approximately 30 days to process an application. The inmate will be notified by in-house mail whether or not his visitor is approved. If an application is disapproved, the inmate will be notified of the reason. It will be the inmate’s responsibility to notify you of the approval or denial. Any application that has been falsified shall be grounds for disapproval and the visitor will not be allowed to resubmit a visitor application for a minimum of six months. 

Dress Code

Visitors are required to dress in attire that is not provocative or offensive to others. Clothing must fit in an appropriate manner. Visitors must wear undergarments and appropriate footwear. Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be no shorter than three inches above the knee.

The following types of clothing are specifically prohibited. 

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. Bandanas 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. 

Picnic Area

For inmates in the MSC, the picnic area will be open on Saturdays – April, May, June, and the first half of July. It will be open on Sundays – the last half July, August, September and October.

The following items may be brought in by visitors who access the picnic area: 

a. Charcoal, self-starting only (no starting fluid allowed) 

b. Plastic utensils only 

c. Napkins, paper towels 

d. Tablecloths – not to exceed 3 inches from the table 

e. Condiments – mustard, ketchup, mayo, bar-be-que sauce, etc. (all items must be in sealed individual packets or in clear containers/bags) 

f. Tomatoes, onions, lettuce, pickles – clear containers only 

g. Dips (dip in can only) 

h. Snack cakes – individually wrapped 

i. Pies – factory sealed 

j. Potato salad, coleslaw – factory sealed 

k. All meat must be factory sealed – chicken, steak, pork, hamburger meat, hot dogs, etc.

l. Sandwich meats – sliced and factory sealed 

m. Cheese – sliced and factory sealed 

n. Bread – loaf or buns 

o. Cooler – made of styrofoam only

For more info, refer to the visitation handbook.

Physical Address

West Tennessee State Penitentiary
480 Green Chapel Road
Henning, Tennessee 38041-1150

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/BVeepA3PxfDrzCnf9

General Phone Number

(731) 738-5044

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
West Tennessee State Penitentiary
P.O. Box 1150
Henning, Tennessee 38041-1150

To send mail to an offender, you will need to know their committed name, TOMIS ID number, and name and address of the prison where the offender is being housed. 

If you do not already know the offender's TOMIS ID number, click on FOIL - Inmate Search. You will need the offender's name and possibly a date of birth, if it is a common name.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at West Tennessee State Penitentiary, 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 West Tennessee State Penitentiary. 


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

Educational and vocational programs available are HiSet (formerly GED), adult basic education, college correspondence courses, microcomputer technology class, as well as HVAC, small engines and masonry. WTSP also has TRICOR operations which consist of farming and a textile plant.

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Careers at West Tennessee State Penitentiary

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