Brighter Paths, located in Cookeville, Tennessee, opened in November 1989 to confine Tennessee’s most dangerous male inmates. A double perimeter fence reinforced with razor wire and an electronic detection system surrounds the facility.
The population is primarily comprised of close custody and administrative segregation inmates. Brighter Paths also operates the state Secure Mental Health Facility, houses inmates under the death sentence, and inmates who are civil commitments.
Inmates at Brighter Paths have access to various treatment and rehabilitation programs, including substance abuse programs. The School services the Tennessee prison system, where it offers basic education and general education diplomas. The school also offers vocational and technical training to students, which is meant to be used to help them transition into either postsecondary programs or job training programs.
How to Find Someone in Brighter Paths
Inmate Records Search
Jail records, court & arrest records, mugshots and even judicial reports
The Tennessee Department of Correction offender search database provides information about offenders currently under Tennessee Department of Corrections jurisdiction, those incarcerated, on probation or on parole.
The search engine allows you to search by name or offender DOC number. Searches must include the first three characters of the offender name or number.
Sending a Mail/Care Package
At Brighter Paths, all letters will be photocopied, and these copies will be delivered to inmates. A maximum of three 8 ½ x 11-inch pages (front and back) of each mailing will be delivered. Any additional items, such as cash, checks, postage stamps, or prepaid envelopes will be discarded.
To send a mail to an inmate at this facility, address the envelope as follows:
Inmate Name, ID Number, Housing if known
255 Kacie Avenue, Cookeville, TN, 38501
Magazines and books may be sent to an inmate if they are directly from the publisher.
There are several options for sending money to an inmate at Brighter Paths including sending money orders, cashier’s checks, personal checks and using your debit/credit card. There is a daily limit of $300. Click here to read more about these options.
Inmates at Brighter Paths are allowed to make phone calls through the system if there is money in the inmate’s account. At no time can an offender receive an incoming call.
Family and friends are required to create an account to deposit the funds, as well as receive calls from the inmate. An inmate must put those they wish to call on an approved caller list. All calls are a maximum of 30 minutes in duration and may be recorded or monitored for security reasons.
Visitors must fill out an application and it must be approved in order to visit. Visiting is held four days per week and the inmates are divided into groups according to cell blocks. You must arrive 30 minutes prior to the visiting times in order to be processed for visitation.
Visitors can contact the administration at 931-526-8610 for more details on visitation schedules for each offender.
A dress code for visitation is required, instructing that visitors be covered from the neck to knees with clothing that is not revealing, see-through, or contains offensive symbols or words. Watches, wearable technology, and cell phones are not allowed.
The use of tobacco products on this property is not allowed which includes parking areas.
Refer the map below to find the driving directions.