Inmate Reports Cell Temperatures Reach 100 Degrees or More

Inmate Reports Cell Temperatures Reach 100 Degrees or More

COMPARES PRIVATE PRISON’S CONDITIONS TO ILLEGAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 7, 2017) — In a letter received on Monday dated August 1, 2017, an inmate at the South Central Correctional Facility (SCCF) in Clifton, TN reported that over the summer, cell temperatures have reached or exceeded 100°F due to a faulty air-circulation […]

Report: Private Prison’s “Post Orders” Routinely Abrogated

Report:  Private Prison’s “Post Orders” Routinely Abrogated

“CLEARLY VIOLATES SECURITY PROTOCOL” by Sharon Rondeau (Apr. 1, 2017) — On March 8, a Tennessee prison inmate wrote to an official at the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) to inform him that a contracted security officer’s actions within his section, or “pod,” of the prison posed a “security threat.” A subsequent March 18, 2017 […]

The Post & Email Contacts CoreCivic’s Executive Vice President on Inmate Allegations

The Post & Email Contacts CoreCivic’s Executive Vice President on Inmate Allegations

AT TROUSDALE TURNER CORRECTIONAL CENTER by Sharon Rondeau (Feb. 1, 2017) — On January 24, The Post & Email anonymously published a letter from an inmate alleging delayed medical care followed by a suicide attempt after being left in a shower stall for two days. The inmate reported that out of desperation, he assaulted a […]

Inmate Letters Continue to Contradict Private Prison Company’s Claim of Safety, Efficiency

Inmate Letters Continue to Contradict Private Prison Company’s Claim of Safety, Efficiency

“WE HAD A STABBING DURING LUNCH…” by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 25, 2017) — On Sunday, the Knoxville News Sentinel published a guest editorial by Harley Lappin, Chief Corrections Officer and Executive Vice President of CoreCivic, a private prison operator based in Nashville. In his column, Lappin defended the company’s record of reportedly lowering costs and […]

Tennessee Inmate Alleges Private Prisons “Really Dangerous”

Tennessee Inmate Alleges Private Prisons “Really Dangerous”

“IF YOUR NOT IN A GANG, YOU ARE IN DANGER!!!” by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 15, 2017) — Like numerous others before him, an inmate relatively new to the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN has told The Post & Email that privately-run prisons in the state are dominated by gang members and highly […]

“Prison for Profit”

“Prison for Profit”

INMATE ALLEGES COLD FOOD, SHORT-STAFFING, LACK OF MEDS FURTHER THE GOAL OF INCREASING PROFITS by Anonymous Inmate, TTCC (Jan. 14, 2017) — [Editor’s Note:  The following letter arrived on Wednesday and describes conditions at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Complex (TTCC), on which The Post & Email has reported since last May.  We have not heard […]

TTCC Inmate Reports “Major Gang War”

TTCC Inmate Reports “Major Gang War”

ON THANKSGIVING DAY? by Sharon Rondeau (Dec. 18, 2016) — Another inmate from the Trousdale Turner Correctional Complex (TTCC) has reported in a letter that “the entire facility is on lockdown due to a major gang war between the ‘Crips’ and the ‘Bloods.’ This is largely due to the understaffing and poor oversight at this […]

TDOC Spokeswoman Denies Reports of Prison Riot on Thanksgiving Day

TDOC Spokeswoman Denies Reports of Prison Riot on Thanksgiving Day

AT CORPORATE-RUN FACILITY by Sharon Rondeau (Dec. 6, 2016) — On Sunday morning, The Post & Email received a comment from the relative of an inmate at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) operated by the private company CoreCivic, previously known as Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) alleging that the troubled facility has been in […]

Report: Trousdale Turner Prison on Lockdown Since Thanksgiving

Report:  Trousdale Turner Prison on Lockdown Since Thanksgiving

“DOES ANYONE CARE?” by Anonymous Relative (Dec. 4, 2016) — [Editor’s Note:  The following was received as a comment on Sunday morning in response to The Post & Email’s June 8, 2016 article titled, “Report: Trousdale Turner Has Incurred Nine Inmate Deaths Since Opening.” The article referred to the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in […]

Inmate Relative: TTCC in “Constant State of Lockdown for Over Five Weeks”

Inmate Relative:  TTCC in “Constant State of Lockdown for Over Five Weeks”

“MEDICAL CHAOS,” “BREACH IN SECURITY”… by an Inmate’s Relative (Oct. 10, 2016) — [Editor’s Note:  In the words of a family member whose loved one is housed at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN, the current conditions there are as follows.] They have been in a constant state of lockdown for over […]

Tennessee Prison Now in Federal Sight

Tennessee Prison Now in Federal Sight

BUT WILL ANYTHING BE DONE? by Sharon Rondeau (Oct. 4, 2016) — On Tuesday an individual from the U.S. House of Representatives was reading a story at The Post & Email written in June about the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC), a privately-run prison located in Trousdale County, TN. Since early May, The Post & […]

Inmate Relative: “This Prison is a Zoo”

Inmate Relative:  “This Prison is a Zoo”

“THE WORST PRISON THEY’VE EVER BEEN TO” by Anonymous Family Member of TTCC Inmate (Sep. 28, 2016) — [Editor’s Note:  The following post was submitted in the form of two comments from a reader whose relative is incarcerated at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Trousdale County, TN, a prison about which The Post […]

How Can So Many Corroborating First-Hand Accounts be “Inaccurate?”

How Can So Many Corroborating First-Hand Accounts be “Inaccurate?”

IS “IMPRESSION” MORE IMPORTANT THAN TRUTH? by Sharon Rondeau (Sep. 20, 2016) — Since the first week of May, The Post & Email has been reporting on what has been described as abnormal and dangerous conditions at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Complex (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN. The new prison opened on January 6 of this […]

TTCC Inmate Reports “Crazy” Situation with Medications

TTCC Inmate Reports “Crazy” Situation with Medications

“THESE PEOPLE COULD CARE LESS” by Sharon Rondeau (Sep. 17, 2016) — Since early May, The Post & Email has reported on a myriad of problems at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN stemming from severe short-staffing and what appears to be lackadaisical and ineffectual management. TTCC is owned and operated by […]

Reports of Continued Dire Conditions at Trousdale County, TN Prison

Reports of Continued Dire Conditions at Trousdale County, TN Prison

CLAIM:  MEDICATIONS NOT DISPENSED WHILE PRISON ON FREQUENT LOCKDOWN by Sharon Rondeau (Sep. 12, 2016) — A number of reports received since Friday evening continue to paint a dire picture of the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC), in Hartsville, TN in Trousdale County. The prison opened in January and has been plagued with a variety […]

Tennessee Inmate: “Your Hard Work Payed Off”

Tennessee Inmate:  “Your Hard Work Payed Off”

“I CAN’T SAY THANK YOU ENOUGH” by Anonymous Inmate, Trousdale County Correctional Center (TTCC) (Sep. 2, 2016) — [Editor’s Note:  The following letter was received on Friday from an inmate who has been writing to The Post & Email regularly about the conditions at the above-stated prison, which has been plagued with problems since its […]

TDOC Spokeswoman: Reports of Dangerous Conditions at CCA-Run Prison “Inaccurate”

TDOC Spokeswoman:  Reports of Dangerous Conditions at CCA-Run Prison “Inaccurate”

WHO IS LYING, AND WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH?  WHAT IS “GOOD JOURNALISM?” by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 24, 2016) — On Monday, The Post & Email spoke with Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) spokeswoman Neysa Taylor about the myriad reports from inmates and their relatives describing an understaffed, gang-operated environment at the Trousdale Turner Correctional […]

DOJ to Cease Contracts with Private Prison Operators, But What About the States?

DOJ to Cease Contracts with Private Prison Operators, But What About the States?

AND TENNESSEE, IN PARTICULAR by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 22, 2016) — On Thursday, Deputy Attorney Gen. Sally Q. Yates announced that the US Department of Justice would not renew contracts with private prison operators or would “substantially reduce its scope in a manner consistent with law and the overall decline of the bureau’s inmate population.” […]

Report: Another Inmate Death at Trousdale County Correctional Center

Report:  Another Inmate Death at Trousdale County Correctional Center

GANGS DOMINATE PRIVATELY-RUN PRISON WHOSE MANAGEMENT WILL NOT ANSWER QUESTIONS by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 20, 2016) — On Friday evening, The Post & Email spoke with a relative of an inmate at the Trousdale County Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN, a privately-owned facility opened in January amid a staffing shortage which has allowed for […]

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