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by Sharon Rondeau

Let's share the spirit of Christmas with the Monroe County jail staff and bring them "tidings of great joy!"

(Dec. 3, 2010) — Since there are so many policemen and sheriff’s deputies present in the small town of Madisonville with nothing to do other than terrorize its citizens and the Christmas season of “peace on earth, good will to men” is upon us, The Post & Email has launched a Christmas card/mail/phone-call campaign to keep the jailers busy.

Every piece of mail must be opened before it is delivered to the inmates, so we plan to deluge the jailers with Christmas cards addressed to Walter Fitzpatrick or any other anonymous inmate housed in the detention facility. Let’s send thousands of cards and letters to keep the “good ole boys” out of trouble and without time to harass the inmates.

Who knows:  we might even soften some pretty hard hearts down there!

We also need to keep checking on whether or not the heat has been fixed and if the temperature inside the jail is 65 degrees or higher, as required by state law.

We are asking every reader of this paper to place as many phone calls as possible to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department to inquire as to the health and welfare of the inmates, which by law is the responsibility of Sheriff Bill Bivens. Ask if the inmates are receiving their medications and adequate medical care which is also required by state law.  That’s the “Jingle Bell” part!

Be sure to ask for Chief Jailer Trent Prock, who is now too cowardly to show his face on the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department website.  This is the man who reportedly “tasers the inmates for fun” at night, according to a Monroe County resident.

Since there are about 200 inmates in the jail despite its capacity of 138, let’s make an effort to send multiple cards to everyone so that the jailers can see how much the readers of The Post & Email care about their fellow men who are incarcerated in a “dungeon” without heat and adequate plumbing.

Also, ask Chief Jailer Prock if he and the other turnkeys are following TCA 41-4-111, which states:

The jailers shall enforce cleanliness in their respective jails. They shall furnish the necessary apparatus for shaving once a week, shall provide bathing facilities separate for males and females, shall furnish hot and cold water, clean and sufficient bedding, and laundering once a week to those prisoners who are not able to provide such for themselves. The jailers shall keep the jails clean and shall remove all filth from each cell once every twenty-four (24) hours.

Contact information for the Monroe County jail is:

Monroe County Detention Facility
319 Hickory Street
Madisonville, TN  37354
Tel:  423-442-3911

Be sure to send cards to Sheriff Bill Bivens and to Rep. John Duncan, as we truly wish them the merriest Christmas before their parts in the crimes of Monroe County are fully exposed.

If we continue to hear complaints that there is no heat, we will recontact Ms. Sawyer at the Tennessee Corrections Institute at (615) 741-3816 as well as the FBI in Knoxville at 865-544-0751, although The Post & Email is also investigating them for their failure to act on information provided to them on at least a dozen occasions about the murder of Jim Miller last July.

Let us know on a daily basis how many calls you have made as well as letters or cards which have been sent.  And don’t forget to ask the jailers what the inmates will be having for Christmas dinner!

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  1. I am Richard Joe Crawley, Jr’s wife and he has received several Christmas cards. Thanks for the support!
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: You’re welcome, ma’am. If you’d like to speak with us personally, please send an email to editor@thepostemail.com.

  2. Sharon, you’re Awesome! I commend you! You’re an inspiration to us lesser mortals!
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: I take no credit, sir, but give credit to He who gives me strength in these dark days of our Republic.

  3. Hey, maybe Walt can ask some of the other inmates for their “address info: name, inmate no., whatever is needed to address cards to them as well, and then provide that to you to post here Sharon. With their permission of course.
    Send the Christmas spirit to as many different names as we can, as that will have an added benefit. Two birds with one stone.
    I’m happy to help, but I’m confused. Do we send the cards addressed to Mr. Fitzpatrick to the address in the contact info above made out to him? Or is there a special way to send mail to an inmate?
    Sorry to be so clueless! :)
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: I know two of the inmates names are Mr. Michael Ellington and Mr. Richard Joe Crawley, Jr. I’ll try to get some other names. Right now I would address them to “Inmate, Cell #1,” etc. There are up to 37 inmates in each cell, so if we can send enough cards so that everyone receives at least one, that would be great. There are 200 inmates in all from what I understand. Address each card to:
    Name, if you have it, or just “Inmate”
    Monroe County Detention Facility
    319 Hickory Street
    Madisonville, TN 37354

  4. The Jingle Bell campaign is great. I picked up tons of cards, even found a “prayer for police” to enclose in a few cards for the beloved staff, including Bivens. The Holy Spirit can certainly turn things around that look hopeless, with two or more gathered in prayer!

    I hope a coalition of the church organizations in that area can help turn things around too….by paying close attention, making visits, and remembering they have power in numbers.

    Thanks, Sharon, you are definitely an angel of Good News for the prisoners of Monroe County. Just knowing they are not forgotten can rouse tremendous energy and hope, in such a dismal situation, and I am sure will inspire much conversation! God bless you, Sharon.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: Thank you, ma’am, and you as well.

  5. I like it, but I say we do it one better. All the cards ought to be sent certified, with return receipts that require signatures. That way, not only do they have to open every letter, they’ll have to sign for every one too. And then you can post all the different return receipts to show how well we did.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: Do it!