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Inmate Graduates at TCIX

As of July 2014, there were 19,857 males and 1,463 females assigned to TDOC for a total of 21,320 inmates incarcerated in Tennessee’s adult institutions. There are no adult inmates in the unit occupied by juveniles. On December 31, 2013, there were 8 juveniles incarcerated in Tennessee’s prison facilities.

In the United States, one in thirty-one adults are either in prison, on probation, or on parole.

America’s population behind bars has gone up 1000% in the last three decades.

The average cost-per-day to house a TDOC inmate (including those housed at privately managed facilities) is $67.21 per inmate. The cost to house a death row inmate is $103.74 per inmate.  The total cost to house all 21,320 Tennessee inmates is staggering … almost $524 million dollars each year.

Approximately 70% of all released inmates return to prison (recidivate).

The number of female inmates is increasing almost twice as fast as the male incarceration rate, tripling in the last decade. At least 70% of jailed women have minor children.

40% of incarcerated females have minor children!
70% of incarcerated females have minor children

We Are Making a Difference!

The Theotherapy Project is making an impact on recidivism! For those inmates who have completed the Theotherapy programs and have been released into society…the recidivism rate dropped to only 15%!

Your tax-deductible donation helps us continue impacting inmates and their families by offering them a chance to effectively change the course of their lives!

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Welcome to our website! We hope it will give you an idea of what we do and why we do it…and we hope you will catch the vision! For the last ten years we have seen hundreds of incarcerated men and women from many different backgrounds come to a place of sustained emotional freedom as they work hard to resolve their conflicts, own the responsibility for their choices and apply biblical principles of emotional healing to their lives. As an outreach of Zion Springs Ministries and as a non-profit partner of the Good Neighbor Foundation, LLC, the Theotherapy Project offers faith-based conflict resolution principles to incarcerated men and women with the goal of restoring families and reducing recidivism.” Mark West – Executive Director


  1. Comment author's Gravatar Heather Jennings

    I am a past Theotherapy graduate. I was locked up for 3 years and the thing that helped me the most was Mark West and his program. I have been out for almost 2 years and am doing great. I have changed my life around for the better and this program helped me do it. I would like to help others but don’t know how. I would like to touch bases with Mark also if possible.

    • Comment author's Gravatar admin

      Hello Heather…so good to hear from you and to hear that you are doing so well. I am proud of your accomplishments and am grateful that the class brought some benefit to your life. It means so much to us to hear back from those who have been in the program while incarcerated…have gotten out…and are now doing the next right thing! Thanks so much for touching base with us.

      God bless,
      Mark West

      • I wonder how much riiedivcsm is related to the drug trade? My guess is a lot. If so, then a really simple solution would be to make drugs legal, regulated and taxed. I’m sure the prison population would plummet along with the riiedivcsm rate.

  2. Comment author's Gravatar Donna Pearson

    I was incarcerated for six years at TPFW. I was released in May .Theotherapy taught me how to surrender to God and that He is a God of love and forgiveness. Mark lead me to forgiving myself and others which in turn allowed God to open my eyes and heart to start to live life under a new perspective. Mark went on to be the one who baptized me in 2012 and really started a fire in me to walk with Jesus and be a servant to others Thank you God for people like Mark and Dana.

    • Friday, the 8th of March 2013, another gadaurtion was held at Centinela. There were approximately 52 inmate students receiving GED diplomas, including 28 GED’s and approximately 24 CTE candidates and one A.A. level college student. A very nice ceremony!

      • Comment author's Gravatar admin

        Wonderful! Thank you for doing what you do!

  3. Comment author's Gravatar Donna Pearson

    Hi Mark and Dana,
    Just wanted to say thank you and may God continue to bless Theotherapy! I know it made such a difference in my life. I have been out for 3 months and I go to church, have a job back in my chosen profession of dentistry and learning to serve within the church all to Gods glory!!! That foundation was laid by Theo therapy guiding my healing and walking with our Lord Jesus.

    God Bless you both.
    Love Donna Pearson

  4. Part of the problem is that our prisnos are packed with felons convicted of minor drug offenses with no access to substance abuse programs, particularly with today’s budget-cutting fervor. Another side of the issue is the lack of employment prospects upon release. Sadly, no one will hire people with a history of substance abuse.

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