by an Inmate’s Relative

(Oct. 10, 2016) — [Editor’s Note:  In the words of a family member whose loved one is housed at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN, the current conditions there are as follows.]

They have been in a constant state of lockdown for over 5 weeks. During that period they attempted to do a tiered program allowing inmates out for 2 hours – but that couldn’t be maintained – so they have been in an almost constant state of lockdown for over 5 weeks.

We know the mail going in and the mail going out was held – delayed, not delivered — true! There was a two week period where all contact was cut off – no phones, no mail, nothing. The inmates were fed bologna sandwiches almost 3 meals a day – no commissary was delivered.

Medical – complete failure. Inmates did not receive their meds, & still do not – it is inconsistent to non existent –  to whatever life threatening degree that could cause the individual, – CCA continues to risk the lives of those housed at TTCC.

Inmates were removing long metal bolts that secure the metal roof of the facility – then using these as weapons (shanks).  How did they access the roof to harvest these weapons? Through a hole in a utility closet they had access to for weeks and which the guards knew existed. So why are the guards and the administration turning a blind eye? How hard is it to get maintenance to repair a breach in security and why isn’t that a #1 priority? Why don’t the cameras work? In this day and age – and with technology as advanced as it is – how can a prison with the kind of budget CCA has at its disposal – fail to have functioning cameras or ability to record what is happening in there?

 Consistently, the behavior of CCA in the management of TTCC is suspect – as if they are intent on boiling the pot, creating havoc, pushing the inmates to the very brink – even those inmates who are minimum security, unaffiliated, on medication, and above all – the most vulnerable. Placing the blame on the inmates and controlling the narrative is the one thing CCA seems to have mastered. It is past due time for CCA and Trousdale County to be investigated and held accountable – including complete investigations into the deaths of inmates as well as the current medical chaos putting so many inmates at risk.

Inmates have RIGHTS! As this article clarifies – https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/06/alabama-prison-doj-investigation?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+morning+briefing+2016&utm_term=193814&subid=8650771&CMP=ema_a-morning-briefing_b-morning-briefing_c-US_d-1

Thankfully the DOJ has taken action to address the horrific conditions that have long existed in Alabama prisons. How much will it take for the DOJ to finally address the horrors of TTCC perpetrated by CCA and Trousdale County who share the questionable contract relationship that allowed CCA to open yet another for profit prison in Tennessee even though they had legitimately exceeded the legal limit?

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  1. My husband in this prison and something needs to be done. The inmates are treated like caged animals when they are human beings and should be treated as such. My husband was put in the hole for warming up soup and the guards left his belongings out and now everything he had including his commissary is gone. I’ve called the Wardens office several time and have never gotten a response. I am furious and sick to my stomach and wish i knew ow or who to turn to for help!

  2. I talked to a Trousdale County employee last week and he informed me that the prison has now almost reached capacity. I had suspected they were bringing in new inmates since the State of Tennessee Sex Offender Registry was showing an increasing number of sex offenders residing in this county, at the TTCC facility address. There is an upcoming prison oversight committee scheduled for the near future. This information was obtained from the Trousdale County website public notices. See the following website for a listing of the 2016 Oversight Committee meetings notes submitted to the Trousdale County Commission at their monthly meetings.

    http://www.trousdalecountytn.gov and follow these links:

    Local Government

    County Commission Meeting Minutes


    Then click on the .pdf files for each month. The results of the Oversight Committee meetings will be listed under Committee meetings.

    “Monday, October 17, 2016 – The Prison Oversight Committee will meet at 5:00 p.m. to discuss CCA Prison Operations and get updates from Warden Leibach in the downstairs courtroom of the Court House.”

    The last time Commission Meeting Minutes were posted was in July 2016. I have no idea what has happened since then.