DANGEROUS TENNESSEE PRISON CLASSIFIES GANG MEMBERS AS “MEDIUM SECURITY“
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 23, 2016) — A letter received on Monday from an inmate at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville, TN reports that the stabbing of an inmate on February 9 triggered a three-day “lockdown” of Site 1, which houses the most dangerous inmates at the facility.
Despite the level of danger posed by gang members at Site 1, NWCX is “designated as a medium-security facility.”
It was reported by a retired warden last year that the “maximum-security” label is avoided by the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) in order for the state to allocate fewer correction officers and thereby “save money.”
The Morgan County Correctional Complex (MCCX) in Wartburg is “designed as medium security, with 120 beds designated for maximum security.”
In July 2014, an inmate was reportedly murdered by another inmate at NWCX.
Over the last eight months, various NWCX inmates have told The Post & Email that the prison is actually run by gang members and not the staff and warden, Mike Parris.
In Monday’s letter, the inmate wrote, “We just come off lockdown we went on on 2-9-2016 and just come 2-12-2016. A Gang member of the Vicelord’s got stabbed in the stomach, shoulder and neck. he and his other gangmembers went over into another part (unit) and robbed a man in his cell for his T.V. and commissary and the man decided to come over here and get revenge and he did. but ain’t nobody saying nothing about this matter.” [sic]
TDOC Commissioner Derrick Schofield and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam have been roundly criticized by some legislators for the reported dangerous conditions faced by both inmates and correction officers within the state’s prisons.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.