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A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to change a law that blocks people with criminal records from getting licensed for certain jobs.

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The Tennessee Department of Correction is getting another year to show improvement. Officials voted to reauthorize the state agency for 12 more months after a scathing audit last month highlighted severe staffing and safety concerns at several private prisons.

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Tennessee lawmakers blasted the state Department of Correction at a meeting on Wednesday, the day after an audit found numerous violations in the state's prisons.

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A state audit of the Department of Correction released on Tuesday highlights a number of issues plaguing prisons in Tennessee. The biggest issue is a shortage of correctional officers, which could put inmates and other prison staff at risk.

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Tennessee prisons will lead the way an effort to clamp down on one of the most common contraband items nationwide. The state will soon begin on-site forensic analysis of smuggled cell phones.  

Corrections Corporation of America is rebranding, but officials say they're not abandoning the company's core business.

Despite heightened criticism of for-profit prison operators, leaders of the Nashville-based firm say they're as enthusiastic as ever.

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Corrections Corporation of America is attempting to transform.

The Nashville-based prison operator is trying out new business lines. It's shedding senior leaders. And it's even got a new name.

But as the company prepares to release its quarterly earnings Wednesday, it's still got plenty of critics.

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Corrections Corporation of America says it's laying off 12 percent of the workforce in its Nashville headquarters — an announcement that comes as scrutiny of private prison operators is mounting.

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Gov. Bill Haslam is promoting a former correctional officer and warden to be the head of the state's prison system.

Tony Parker has been named the next commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Correction. Over his 33 years in the state's prisons, Parker rose from a guard to serving most recently as an assistant commissioner.

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State prison officials now say they have no intention of going back on controversial changes to how guards are scheduled and paid.

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