Inmate Details Gang Fight and More at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC)


by Sharon Rondeau

(Dec. 20, 2016) — Last week, The Post & Email sent a return letter to an inmate at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN requesting more information on an incident said by a number of prisoners and their relatives to have occurred on Thanksgiving Day at the troubled and understaffed facility run by CoreCivic, formerly CCA.

The inmate has been a source of what The Post & Email believes to be reliable and accurate information for the months he has spent at TTCC after his transfer there from a state-run facility elsewhere in the state.

While he did not observe the incident directly, he wrote that “two gangs that got into (illegible) which were the Crips and the Bloods both black gangs they come from D Building C. Building and E. Building Fighting in the Rec cage and outside of C. Building.”

His identification of the gang members allegedly involved in the fight coincides with another inmate’s report of the incident.

“They made all the guys in the end rec yard which can be seen from the WD pod crawl out backwards on their hands and knees,” he continued.  “They cuffed them all with the plastic hand cuff zip tie type.”

Concluding his recollection of the incident, he said, “Now my view is limited so I cannot tell you much more because we have been on lock down every since.” [sic]

He also provided specifics on the many reported deficiencies within the prison which the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) has routinely denied.

Among the items the inmate mentioned which correspond to those cited by others are cold food; disrespectful and at times obscene treatment on the part of correction officers; the facility being in a state of lockdown since Thanksgiving Day; drug-dealing being permitted by facility staff; and medications dispensed inconsistently.

This particular inmate also alleged that an entry within the TOMIS system designates him as employed within the prison when that is not the case.

Parts of his letter describing the aforementioned points follow.



7 Responses to "Inmate Details Gang Fight and More at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC)"

  1. Melissa Harrill   Friday, April 21, 2017 at 12:43 AM

    My son arrived at Trousdale a few days ago. He was at Turney Center a few years back and he had no violent charges and not even today. Why does he need to be housed with the worst of the worst. Gangs shouldn’t be allowed to form in prison. I want my son out of there. I know he’s afraid. I couldn’t live afraid of each and every day. I’d find a way to die. I’ve cried every day all day since I found out where he was. Where’s the people that take care of our people. There’s never any help

  2. Virginia Slayton   Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:19 AM

    My son has been at TTCF since Oct, 2016. He says it is the worst prison he has ever been in. They are on almost constant lockdown due to gang fights. In January he was severely beaten up by a gang, to the point he could barely get out of bed, or walk. He was finally taken to a civilian hospital ER where he was diagnosed with internal bleeding from an unknown source. He was told he would be given a colonoscopy, which he still has not had, 3 months later. My son has also lost about 30 pounds in a month. He finally was allowed to go on sick call, and was told by the infirmary staff that he would be given pain meds and 3 Boosts a day. Within just a few days he stopped receiving both items, without having seen medical staff again. He is afraid for his health and wonders if he will live till he gets out in June.

  3. diane   Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 10:11 PM

    My husbands in there and i worry about him constantly and so afraid something gonna happen to him

  4. Greatness   Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 4:35 PM

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  5. shaerica   Monday, February 6, 2017 at 1:51 PM

    My children father is in there and has been for two years ..he says he hates it and its hard for us to visit him because it take so long for visitation to get approved we tried the video cam were they said he was denied privilege of use. someone help them please

  6. Judy Nichols   Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 7:25 PM

    I have a son there who says it is the worst prison he has been in. Food is terrible and there is very little of it. Lockdown is constant and he is in protective custody because a gang member is threatening his life and electricity has been taken out of his cell and he can no longer buy commissary unless he goes back into general population where he fears for his life. He has high blood pressure and hepatitis and his meds are not being given to him. Yes, if this prison is going to be kept open, for goodness sake get someone in there who can run it properly.

  7. Jane Vest   Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    TTCC has NOT, I repeat NOT, any water whatsoever for 24 hours. When is the State going to get a Communications Director that doesn’t keep saying, that whatever and however she gets the info about TTCC, it’s all lies. They need to replace Neysa Taylor. You cannot continue to deny something and think it’s all going away. There is going to be something terrible happen at TTCC (worse than the gang uprising of Thanksgiving, which she denies) if someone doesn’t listen and do something! There are at least 2,000 men at this farce of a prison. Someone needs to come off their State holiday and do something humane for these inmates for a change!

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