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Purchase from State Industries Summary

Reference Number: MTAS-2038
Reviewed Date: 07/30/2020

Municipalities must buy all items produced, re-packaged, assembled, warehoused, or manufactured by the labor of inmates from the Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Correction (TRICOR) program provided the articles have been certified pursuant to procedures as provided by the procurement commission as being in satisfactory quality, of reasonable cost, and available.

Municipalities may not evade the intent of the law by slightly changing the variations from standards adopted by TRICOR when articles have been certified. After notice from the governor, continued intentional violations by any municipality constitute wrongdoing in office and subject the officers or agents responsible for the violation to suspension or removal from office.

The T.C.A. citation for this topic is T.C.A. §§ 41-22-119–121.