Whom to Contact about Conditions at the Monroe County Jail

COMPLAINTS MUST BE SENT TO NASHVILLE OFFICE

by Sharon Rondeau

So what are "Chiefs" Graves and Prock hiding from? Are all bullies actually cowards?

(Nov. 29, 2010) — The Post & Email has learned the specific persons and office which must be contacted in order for an inspection of the Monroe County jail to be ordered and completed.

Complainants, who do not have to be inmates at the jail, may direct their written complaints to the Fire Prevention Division, Codes Enforcement – Inspections Division, which covers prisons and jails within the state of Tennessee.  The following fax can be sent by anyone to the number provided:

VIA FACSIMILE

615-253-3267

November 29, 2010

Mr. Christopher Bainbridge
Mr. Al Hancock
Mr. Fred Garbler
Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office
Code Enforcement Section
500 James Robertson Parkway
3rd Floor, Davy Crockett Tower
Nashville, TN  37243-1162

Dear Sirs:

RE: FORMAL COMPLAINT REGARDING CONDITIONS AT THE MONROE COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY

I have been communicating regularly with an inmate at the above facility located at 319 Hickory Street, Madisonville, TN, for the last month. He has reported to me the following building and fire code violations which are threatening the health, well-being, and constitutionally-guaranteed right to safety of inmates:

  • overcrowding, resulting in inmates sleeping on concrete floors
  • lack of heat, to the point where the inside temperature has been reported to be 58 degrees
  • inmates squeezed into spaces so small that they are “sleeping like cordwood”
  • raw sewage seeping out of exposed piping onto the floor of an assembly room where inmates are forced to sleep on the floor due to overcrowding
  • plumbing that doesn’t work, including toilets and sinks, causing flooding in the cells
  • Excessive smoking within the facility, in violation of Sheriff Bivens’s official policy posted on the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department website that there is no smoking allowed in the jail.

The aforementioned conditions have been reported in detail by this publication and have been corroborated by former inmates who have contacted me following their release.  Please see the following:

http://www.thepostemail.com/2010/11/27/raw-sewage-reported-at-the-monroe-county-jail/

http://www.thepostemail.com/2010/11/27/monroe-county-detention-facility-has-been-reported-to-state-authorities/

http://www.thepostemail.com/2010/11/16/fitzpatrick-you-are-definitely-having-an-impact/

The facility has been described as a “dungeon” and is a disgrace to the state of Tennessee.  These conditions have been reported to the Knoxville office of the FBI.

I am demanding a full and formal inquiry, inspection and report of the conditions at the Monroe County detention facility and will appreciate hearing from you regarding your findings.

Very truly yours,

Sharon Rondeau
Editor
The Post & Email, Inc.
www.thepostemail.com
editor@thepostemail.com

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Editor’s Note: The Post & Email has noted that the photos of the “chiefs” which had been pictured at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department website have been removed.  They had depicted Chief Deputy Bryan Graves and Chief Jailer Trent Prock, the officer who allegedly tasers the inmates “just for fun.”  Even the photo of Sheriff Bivens “accepting an award” has been taken down.  Perhaps it’s because he’s stopped smiling because the FBI has been at his doorstep.

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2 Responses to Whom to Contact about Conditions at the Monroe County Jail

  1. Brenna

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 12:24 AM

    Copy what David said. Nicely put- short, sweet, and straight to the point. I don’t have a fax machine, but I will figure out a way to get it to them as well…if you don’t mind me using your letter, that is.

    I also noticed the pictures have been taken down, along with contact info. (email addresses, anyway). Hmmm…wonder why. *mischievous grin* I have their pictures saved on my computer if you need them, Sharon. I also have Prock’s work email address if anyone wants that. I’m a regular in his inbox. *wink*

    Thanks for another great article. I’ll share it on FB.

    I wonder if Walter got my card and letter. I sent it with no pocket Constitution and/or paper and an envelope the second time.

    I wonder if these guys know that tampering with mail is a federal offense. ??
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    Mrs. Rondeau replies: It seems they’ve figured that out, because they miraculously found the $50 sent four weeks ago. I have Prock’s email address and photo for future reference and publication.

  2. David F LaRocque

    Monday, November 29, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Excellent letter, Sharon.

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