Retiring corrections leader Tony Parker to join criminal justice group

 Retiring corrections leader Tony Parker to join criminal justice group

Retiring Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker, of Union City, plans to join a nonprofit based on criminal justice reform next year after leaving his state post at the end of this month.

According to a 4th Purpose Foundation news release, Parker is joining the Knoxville-based organization as its president beginning January 1.

The organization was founded by CEO Josh Smith, who built up a $30 million company with more than 180 employees after spending five years in a federal prison camp in Kentucky for his involvement in marijuana and cocaine trafficking.

Parker is retiring from state corrections after almost four decades with the department.