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A “CRUEL PUNISHMENT”
by Anonymous Inmate, TTCC, Trousdale County, TN
(Jun. 6, 2016) — [Editor’s Note: The following letter was received by The Post & Email on June 4, 2016 and supports other inmates’ reports over the last month of understaffing, substandard accommodations, irregular dispensing of insulin and other medications, and a facility maintained in a constant state of “lockdown” which became continuous on May 26 at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN.
The prison opened on January 6 and is owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), a private company whose president and CEO was compensated $3.4 million last year. The facility’s “customer base” is drawn from the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC), whose commissioner resigned last week to accept a position with another private prison company, The GEO Group, Inc.
Although designated an all-male, medium-security prison, many inmates brought to TTCC were designated as minimum-security and employed at the institutions from which they came. Currently, multiple inmates state that there is no employment available at TTCC and that they are treated like maximum-security inmates, locked in their cells for the majority of the day and night.
A relative of an inmate told The Post & Email in a May 28 interview that because of the absence of basic needs and adequate staffing at the facility, “Something’s going to happen.”
Neither the warden nor CCA spokesman Jonathan Burns would respond to The Post & Email’s questions submitted several weeks ago.
CCA operates 70 institutions across the country and has its headquarters in Nashville.]