Frequently Asked Questions
- WHAT IS YOUR TRANSPORTING AUTHORITY?
U.S. Code title 18, section 3182 Extradition Act. TransCor's transportation specialists, under this law, have the same authority as any officer of a public criminal justice agency performing a prisoner transport. The transportation specialists are authorized to take custody, transport, and house prisoners en route to the requesting agency. This does not authorize arrest powers or any endorsement as a law enforcement officer other than with respect to prisoners within our care, custody and control.
- DO YOUR TRANSPORTATION SPECIALISTS HAVE ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE?
All TransCor transportation specialists must have a minimum of two years of experience in law enforcement, corrections or the military. The average amount of law enforcement experience on TransCor's agent force as a whole is eight years.
- DO YOU HAVE FEMALE TRANSPORTATIONS SPECIALISTS? DO YOU TRANSPORT FEMALES AND JUVENILES AND IF SO, HOW?
Yes, we do have female transportation specialists. A female transportation specialist is present whenever a female detainee/prisoner is being transported. TransCor is equipped to handle any type of detainee/prisoner transport, both male and female, adult and juvenile offenders at all security levels. We request special notice for prisoners with certain unusual transport and housing needs, including pregnant females and juveniles, due to housing restrictions.
- HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?
TransCor was founded in 1990 in Tennessee. In the early years, the company primarily moved prisoners from various states in the region. Today, we are part of a publicly traded company and have over 150 employees.
- HOW MANY PRISONERS HAVE YOU MOVED?
Since 1990, TransCor has successfully moved more than 1,000,000 detainees/prisoners throughout the United States and Puerto Rico for over 2,000 law enforcement and correctional agencies on the local, state and federal level.
- WHAT IS YOUR SAFETY RECORD?
We take great pride in our safety record and maintain records on every vehicle that is driven by TransCor transportations specialists. All the vehicles in our fleet are equipped at TransCor's headquarters and the maintenance is either done by or overseen by TransCor maintenance personnel. The average age of vehicles in TransCor’s fleet is less than two years old. TransCor transportation specialists are rewarded quarterly for maintaining an accident-free record for a consecutive three-month period.
- ARE YOUR TRANSPORTATION SPECIALISTS ARMED?
All of TransCor's vehicles are equipped with a 12-gauge Mossburg shotgun. Each transportation specialist carries a pepper spray canister as well. In the state of Florida, TransCor transportation specialist are licensed to carry handguns, as required by state law.
- DO YOU TRANSPORT HIGH RISK PRISONERS?
TransCor transports prisoners at all security levels. We treat all detainees/prisoners transported within our system as maximum security. Transportation Specialists take proper security precautions with all detainees/prisoners and our vehicles have been modified to provide a highly secure transport vehicle.
- DO YOU HAVE A DRUG TESTING PROGRAM?
Yes, all potential employees undergo a complete fingerprint-based background check and must submit to a drug test before being considered for employment. We also maintain a random drug-testing program consistent with Department of Transportation guidelines and company policy.
- DO YOU HAVE TRAINING FOR YOUR TRANSPORTATION SPECIALISTS?
Certainly. TransCor is the only detainee/prisoner transportation company with a full-time training director on staff. TransCor's comprehensive, initial agent training program is 100 plus hours, and the practical application of the training continues after class as all new transportation specialists must successfully complete two trips under the supervision of a senior transportation specialist. Also, all TransCor transportation specialists receive an additional 40 hours of in-service and recertification training each year. Several aspects of both training programs are certified by nationally accredited agencies.
- WHERE IS YOUR OFFICE LOCATED?
TransCor's headquarters is located in Nashville, Tennessee.
- ARE ALL DETAINEES/PRISONERS MOVED WITH HANDCUFFS?
All detainees/prisoners moved by TransCor transportation specialist are moved in full restraints (waist chains, leg irons and handcuffs). We interconnect prisoners for additional security. All transportation specialists are fully trained on the appropriate use of traditional metal restraints, as well as the Grip restraint system. The Grip is a fabric restraint system utilized by TransCor in various transport situations. TransCor takes appropriate security precautions with juvenile offenders and pregnant females, as determined by company policy as applicable to individual cases.