A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death

TDOC SPOKESWOMAN DENIES REALITY, BUT WHO IS LYING TO HER? by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 8, 2017) — Based on copious letters with extensive documentation from Tennessee inmate Grenda Ray Harmer, #88710, received since late last year, The Post & Email has no reason to doubt the veracity of his statements made since June 5 reporting […]

Inmate Provides Reasons for Hunger Strike 32 Days On

Inmate Provides Reasons for Hunger Strike 32 Days On

“LET’S PRAY THIS ENDS WELL FOR ME” by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 7, 2017) — In a bulky envelope received on Monday, Tennessee inmate Grenda Ray Harmer, #88710, enclosed a copy of a June 29 letter written to Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) Commissioner Tony Parker enumerating 11 reasons for his having launched a hunger strike […]

Reprise: CoreCivic Pays Inmate for “Ghost Job”

Reprise:  CoreCivic Pays Inmate for “Ghost Job”

“LET’S SEE HOW THEY EXPLAIN THIS ONE” by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 6, 2017) — On Thursday, as also occurred on Monday, The Post & Email received three separate envelopes from TDOC inmate Grenda Ray Harmer, #88710, who has been on a hunger strike since the early afternoon of June 5. As Harmer stated in correspondence […]

“Notes from Underground”

“Notes from Underground”

REPORT:  CORRECTION OFFICERS JOKE ABOUT FOOD TO INMATE ON LENGTHY HUNGER STRIKE by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 5, 2017) — The journal entries which follow were sent by Tennessee inmate Grenda Harmer, #88710, who has been on a hunger strike for a month to protest harsh treatment he said he received upon his arrival at the […]

Tennessee Inmate on Hunger Strike Tries to Request Legal Assistance, Sends P&E “What I’ve Not Sent You”

Tennessee Inmate on Hunger Strike Tries to Request Legal Assistance, Sends P&E “What I’ve Not Sent You”

CRITICAL PERIOD APPROACHING; REPORTS “BLACKOUT” FROM DEHYDRATION, LACK OF FOOD by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 3, 2017) — On Monday, The Post & Email received three letters from TDOC inmate Grenda Harmer, #88710, who has adhered to a hunger strike commencing on June 5 to protest the treatment he reported he received by correction officers upon […]

Tennessee Denies Responsibility for Actions of Private Prison Employees

Tennessee Denies Responsibility for Actions of Private Prison Employees

BASED ON CASE LAW by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 2, 2017) — Earlier this year, Tennessee inmate Ronald Allen, #356042, filed a complaint with the Claims Commission of the State of Tennessee, Middle Division, alleging “negligent care, custody or control of personal property and persons” arising from his incarceration at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) […]

Reports: Hunger-Strikers Can Survive between 40 and 73 Days

Reports:  Hunger-Strikers Can Survive between 40 and 73 Days

BUT ORGAN FAILURE, SEIZURES, HALLUCINATIONS CAN OCCUR SOONER by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 1, 2017) — The Scientific American has reported that a number of variables influence how long a terminally-ill person or one on a hunger strike can survive, including whether or not adequate hydration is available. A report on the subject in Business Insider […]

It is Up to the TDOC Whether an Inmate Lives or Dies

It is Up to the TDOC Whether an Inmate Lives or Dies

“IF I MAKE IT THROUGH THIS HUNGER STRIKE…” by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 1, 2017) — On Saturday, The Post & Email received a letter, now few and far between, from Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) inmate Grenda Ray Harmer, #88710, who launched a hunger strike on June 5. Harmer said his protest stemmed from poor […]

How Long Can a Hunger Strike Last?

How Long Can a Hunger Strike Last?

“I’M VERY WEAK AND WOULD LIKE TO EAT” by Sharon Rondeau (Jun. 26, 2017) — After more than two weeks, on Monday The Post & Email received a letter from Tennessee inmate Grenda Harmer, #88710, who began a hunger strike on June 5 at the Morgan County Correctional Complex (MCCX). Harmer’s situation was discussed on […]

Insider Sources Looking Forward to WSMV Series on Private Prison Corruption

Insider Sources Looking Forward to WSMV Series on Private Prison Corruption

“IT’S BEEN A LONG JOURNEY” by Sharon Rondeau (Jun. 19, 2017) — As The Post & Email has reported since Friday, Nashville-based television station WSMV will be launching a four-part series at 6:00 PM CDT beginning on Monday and running through Thursday on the subject of corruption, substandard care, short-staffing, deaths and injuries within two […]

Inmate Letter: “I Cut a Main Artery in My Arm”

Inmate Letter:  “I Cut a Main Artery in My Arm”

REPORTS “NO RECORD OF THE INCIDENT” by Sharon Rondeau (May 26, 2017) — On Friday, The Post & Email received a letter from an inmate at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN detailing a mental-health condition which led him to reportedly attempt suicide. The inmate is the second from the Hartsville facility, […]

Inmate Says Medical Care “a Joke” at Private Tennessee Facility

Inmate Says Medical Care “a Joke” at Private Tennessee Facility

“HALF THE TIME THEY DON’T BRING” MEDICATIONS by Sharon Rondeau (May 22, 2017) — A letter received on Monday from an inmate at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN reinforces numerous reports received over the last year detailing very limited visitation, cold meals served at irregular times, long-term lockdown periods when inmates […]

Report: Medications Restored to SCCF Inmate…

Report:  Medications Restored to SCCF Inmate…

FOR THE SECOND TIME by Sharon Rondeau (May 18, 2017) — In a letter received on Thursday, Tennessee state inmate Grenda Harmer reported that beginning on Sunday afternoon, three prescription medications which were inexplicably discontinued approximately three weeks ago were dispensed. Shortly after arriving at SCCF from another CoreCivic-operated institution on April 5, Harmer reported […]

Why Have Policies if They Are Not Followed?

Why Have Policies if They Are Not Followed?

INMATE’S MEDICATIONS WITHHELD BY PRIVATE PRISON FOR MORE THAN TWO WEEKS by Sharon Rondeau (May 13, 2017) — On April 27, 2017, Tennessee inmate Grenda Harmer was placed in segregation, or solitary confinement, at the South Central Correctional Facility (SCCF) on a “pending investigation” (PI) status. One of the reasons alleged for PI status was […]

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