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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Welcome to Eastern Tennessee U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services, where we serve with United Strength, United Vision. This district is one of the largest in the United States. Our headquarters office is located in Knoxville. We also have offices located in the federal courthouses in Chattanooga, and Greeneville.

An officer conducting fieldwork in our district can experience the challenge of locating a residence in a small, remote rural community; visiting a high-rise metropolitan condominium, and discussing available community resources with someone experiencing great hardships in the heart of a low-income area of a large city - all in one day! Bureau Of Prison facilities are located in Nashville and Memphis Tennessee.

Our Vision is to exemplify the highest level of innovation, ideals, leadership, and standards while setting the national benchmark for United States Probation and Pretrial Services. As a District, we focus on the individual strengths each employee brings to the job each day to accomplish our mission. Our goal is to assist defendants and offenders in recognizing how they can best use their own strengths to lead successful, meaningful lives.

Mission Statement

We, the members of Probation and Pretrial Services for the Eastern District of Tennessee, believe that as a component of the federal judiciary, we are responsible for community corrections. Furthermore, we are committed to providing services that facilitate positive, long-lasting change.

  • We are fundamentally committed to providing a reduction in detention through the creation and recommendation of alternative conditions which will reasonably assure the appearance of the person as required.
  • We are fundamentally committed to the objective assessment of the defendant’s background obtained through interview, verification, and presentation of information to the Court. In providing supervision services to the Court, we seek to foster balance by ensuring the safety of the community and the utilization of other techniques and strategies that are consistent with our duties and our responsibilities.

Strengths Philosophy

We are a strengths-based organization. We strive to provide a learning environment rich in opportunities for personal and professional development. Each staff member will use their personal strengths to continuously improve the organization for the benefit of the community.

Guiding Principles

  • Dedication
    We are committed to our profession and to serving the Judiciary. We expect excellence and accountability from ourselves and take pride in our work. We are dedicated to improving the lives of others.
  • Empowerment
    We encourage creativity and innovation, effectively utilizing the talents and personal strengths of all staff. We recognize the potential in others, motivating and inspiring each individual to successfully achieve our mission.
  • Idealism
    We believe the human spirit is capable of amazing things when encouraged, supported, and promoted. We believe we can overcome any obstacle to accomplish our mission.
  • Integrity
    We maintain a high level of respect for the Court and the importance of the role we play within the Judiciary.  We remain neutral and objective in the performance of our duties.  We are guided by the Constitutional principles of equality, individual rights, and the core belief that people are innocent unless proven guilty.  We recognize honesty and integrity are essential elements of our profession.  We treat others with dignity, humanity, consideration, and compassion.