by Sharon Rondeau

(Feb. 27, 2016) — Over the past nine months, The Post & Email has received a plethora of reports from inmates at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville, TN of gang violence, correction officer and inmate injuries, physical abuse of inmates by correction officers, forced participation in classes at taxpayer expense in a “prisoners-for-profit” scheme, relocation of inmates without due process, untreated medical conditions, and unwarranted raids on personal property resulting in theft by correction officers.

NWCX is one of 13 state prisons operated by the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) and is known for its gang activity which appears to continue unabated with the knowledge of Warden Mike Parris and correction staff.

An inmate’s recent letter informed The Post & Email of an assault committed by a gang member against a female correction officer involving a cell phone, which is prohibited in Tennessee prisons, and drug-dealing.

On February 12, The Post & Email reported on an FBI press release detailing “Operation Ghost Guard,” which investigated the delivery of contraband, including cell phones and drugs, to inmates in 11 Georgia prisons which led to a kidnap and murder plot foiled just in time.

On February 11, the FBI reported:

Nearly 50 former and current Georgia Department of Corrections officers were indicted today for accepting bribes in exchange for protecting what they believed to be drug shipments. Last month, 15 corrections officers, 19 civilians, and 19 inmates were also indicted, and a large amount of contraband—including drugs, weapons, and, in particular, cell phones—was recovered.

At the time, The Post & Email asked rhetorically in its article why the FBI could not launch an investigation into the reported same conditions at NWCX as those within the Georgia prisons which culminated in more than three dozen arrests.  We also sent an email to the Knoxville, TN FBI, which, although responsive to our inquiries before, issued no response.

On February 12, 2016, we wrote:

From:  Sharon Rondeau
        Sent: Fri 2/12/16 10:08 AM
           To: Knoxville FBI (

Good morning.  Pursuant to the FBI’s investigation dubbed “Operation Ghost Guard” in Georgia wherein more than three dozen people were arrested, including corrections officers, alleged to have been involved in smuggling contraband and drugs into state prisons, why can’t the same type of operation be conducted in Tennessee?

You may know that I report extensively on Tennessee corruption, including the courts, TDOC and law enforcers.  I am in possession of handwritten, first-hand accounts from inmates alleging many illegal activities as ongoing at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville.  I have reported the incidents by supplying considerable documentation to the TDOC spokeswoman, Neysa Taylor, and others without a response as well as written articles about them with supporting documentation.

I have a recent letter from an inmate who described a beating at the hands of a correction officer reportedly witnessed by others who allegedly say he is telling the truth.  Inmates are also being forced to take federally-funded classes when they don’t qualify for the course, which taxpayers are needlessly funding.

There are also serious health risks at that prison.

I have documentation of all of these allegations.

Thank you very much.

Sharon Rondeau, Editor
The Post & Email

Georgia and Tennessee are bordering states.

Redactions have been made to the inmate’s letter to protect his identity and that of the alleged assault victim.

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