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Lifecycle Conferencelifecycle representation

Thursday, July 21, 2016
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

St. James Missionary Baptist Church
600 28th Avenue North
Nashville TN 37209

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The third annual Lifecycle Conference is designed to provide education and awareness for the community on issues regarding offenders in an effort to:

  • Stimulate discussion of ideas that would challenge the community reception of the ex-offender.
  • Share ideas regarding the need to have multiple county, community, and jail programs working in unison.
  • Exchange information and ideas specific to the inmate incarceration and how to best use that time.
  • Increase awareness of the value and benefits of offender workforce development in conjunction with the re-entry process.
  • Ultimately increase safety in Davidson County by reducing recidivism.
  • Create a viable countywide network of communication between the DCSO and community partners.


Sheriff Daron Hall

Daron Hall was sworn-in as the 61st sheriff of Davidson County September 2002 and elected to his fourth term in 2014.

Since Hall became sheriff, the Davidson County inmate population has decreased by 26 percent. Under his direction, programming, treatment, and community involvement has become a priority and has led to offenders becoming productive citizens; therefore, reducing over incarceration. Hall has always expressed the desire to celebrate the closing of a jail and, in 2011, he realized that goal and shut the doors of a 300-bed facility. For the first time in Nashville history, fewer jail beds are being built. As he continues this effort, he is also passionate about decriminalizing the mentally ill and currently working towards criminal justice improvements for this population.

During his 25-year criminal justice career, Hall has served Davidson County under three sheriffs. He is on the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Executive Board and Board of Directors; serving as that organization’s Treasurer and will become the first NSA president from the state of Tennessee. Additionally, he served as the 101st president of the American Correctional Association and was the first sheriff ever elected to this position in the organization’s 141-year history. Seen as an expert in his field, Sheriff Hall has been interviewed by national and international media outlets including Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, NPR, the New York Times, CNN, and Fortune Magazine.

He is currently a board member of Franklin Road Academy. His affiliations with community organizations over the years include Nashville’s Exchange Club Family Center, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital; Senior Citizens, Inc.; Boy Scouts Council of Middle Tennessee; the Rochelle Center; and the Alcohol & Drug Council of Middle Tennessee, Inc.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Nashville Prevention Partnership Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012, for his career-long commitment to battling substance abuse for those incarcerated and beyond.
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Ambassador of Hope Award, 2005, recognizing outstanding service to the mentally ill in criminal justice.
  • Women’s Political Caucus “Good Guy” Award, 2004, recognizing men who promote the cause and advancement of women.
  • Dismas, Inc. Jack Hickey Award, 2006, recognizing a lifetime commitment to justice and reconciliation.
  • Business Tennessee Magazine, named Top 40 Under 40.
  • The Tennessean, named Top 40 Under 40.
  • Leadership Nashville, Class of 2004.

Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry

Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry

Howard Gentry serves the Metropolitan Government of Nashville as the Criminal Court Clerk of Davidson County in the Twentieth Judicial District. In this capacity, his office is responsible for performing the clerical duties (hard copy and electronic forms) for the operation of the General Sessions and State Trial Criminal Courts.

A Nashville native, Gentry was elected three times to countywide public office. He was a Metro Council member-at-large before being elected Metro Nashville-Davidson County’s first African American vice mayor. He was reelected in 2003. In 2007, Gentry was a candidate for Mayor and narrowly missed the run-off by less than 300 votes.

Howard Gentry has served as CEO of the Nashville Chamber Public Benefit Foundation, an organization that is focused on finding solutions to socio-economic challenges such as poverty, homelessness, adult literacy and workforce development.

He formerly served as CEO of Backfield in Motion, a nonprofit organization that combines athletics and academics to inspire inner-city boys to reach their maximum potential. For 15 years prior, Gentry held various senior positions at Tennessee State University including director of athletics, executive director of the TSU Foundation, assistant vice president for university relations and development, and associate vice president for technology and administrative services. His professional life has also included work in banking, insurance and over 30 years in sports radio broadcasting. He received his B.S. and master’s degrees in education from Tennessee State University. He is the proud father of four daughters.

Board Affiliations

Alignment Nashville, Arts and Business Council, Boy Scouts of America Nashboro District (chair), The DISTRICT, Foundation for Athletics in Nashville Schools, Inc. (FANS), Frist Center for the Visual Arts, National Association for Court Management Clerk of Court Director, Operation Andrew (vice chair), Penuel Ridge (recent past president), State of Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame (past president), Tennessee State Museum Foundation and Tennessee State University’s College of Public Service and Urban Affairs.

Civic Engagements

Nashville’s Agenda, Leadership Nashville and United4hope (co-chair), Metropolitan Homelessness Commission (founding chair), Metropolitan Social Services Commission (former chair), Music City Bowl, NAACP, Nashville Alliance for Public Education, Nashville Poverty Reduction Council (founding chair), Nashville Sports Council, 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, and State of Tennessee Prayer Breakfast Committee (past chair).

Appointments by the mayor

Advisory Council for Adult Literacy, Advisory Council on Early Childhood Development and Early Education, Advisory Group on Sustainable Healthcare Services to Underserved, Indigent Citizens and Communities Putting Prevention to Work Leadership Team and Youth Violence Summit Committee.

Appointment by the governor

State Capitol Commission – Private Citizens Representative.