West Tennessee State Penitentiary

West Tennessee State Penitentiary

480 Green Chapel Road
P.O. Box 1150
Henning, Tennessee 38041-1150
(Lauderdale County)
(731) 738-5044

*Use P.O. Box 1150 for inmate correspondence.

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wtspWest Tennessee State Penitentiary (WTSP) is a time-building institution with a mission to serve the public by managing adult male felons classified as maximum, medium and minimum custody. WTSP provides a secure environment along with educational and vocational opportunities.

Educational and vocational programs available are GED, Adult Basic Education, college correspondence courses, microcomputer technology class, as well as wood working and masonry. WTSP also has TRICOR operations which consist of a farm, digital tag plant, and a textile plant.

Contact Information
(731) 738-5044, ext. 3229
Monday 12:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday thru Sunday 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Visitation for General Population

Monday 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Holidays 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (one day only)


From Nashville – Take 1-40 to Exit 56 (Brownsville.). Make a right turn onto Hwy. 76. Make a left turn at the 4-way stop (Hwy. 70/76/19 JCT.) Continue through two 4-way stop signs until coming to Hwy. 19 East/West. Make a left turn onto Hwy. 19 going West. Travel Hwy. 19 until it ends at the Hwy. 51 By-Pass. Make a left turn on Hwy. 51 By-Pass South. Follow 51 By-Pass South approximately five miles to Henning. At the red light, make a right turn onto Hwy. 87 West. Follow Hwy. 87 approximately 12 miles to WTSP.

From Memphis – Follow Danny Thomas Blvd. (turns into Hwy. 51 By-Pass.) approximately 46 miles to Henning. Make a left turn onto Hwy. 87 West. Follow Hwy. 87 approximately 12 miles to WTSP.

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