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Community Service

Reference Number: MTAS-1156
Reviewed Date: 12/16/2022

Criminal and Juvenile Offenders
A municipality, its officers, and its employees will not be liable to the offender, his family, or other persons for acts of a state criminal law offender or a municipal ordinance offender performing public service work if the municipality exercised due care in supervising the offender (T.C.A. § 41-3-107).

If a municipality or other organization exercised due care in supervising a juvenile performing community service work, immunity is granted to such entities for:

  • any injuries sustained by the juvenile;
  • injuries to others caused by the juvenile;
  • any act of the juvenile; and
  • liability for the juvenile or his or her family for death or injuries caused by the juvenile. T.C.A. § 37-1-131(a)(7).

Inmates housed in county and municipal workhouses may volunteer to work for the municipality or other governmental entity. T.C.A. § 41-3-106(b)(2).