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LET’S SEND THE JAILERS THOUSANDS OF CHRISTMAS GREETINGS!
by Sharon Rondeau
(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
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!