“RIOT” OR NOT?
(Dec. 10, 2016) — After several relatives of inmates imprisoned at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Complex (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN told The Post & Email that “a riot” occurred on Thanksgiving Day, we contacted Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) Communications Director Neysa Taylor for comment.
Although privately-run by CoreCivic, formerly Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), Taylor had previously informed us that the TDOC has its own staff on-site “almost daily” providing oversight. She insisted that the prison is not dangerous, as has been related by dozens of inmates to this publication over the last seven months.
Some of the items inmates have related are unrestrained gang activity, severe understaffing, 23-hour lockdowns most of the time, thefts, beatings at the hands of gang members, a lack of prescribed medications, irregular and cold meals, and a lack of basic hygiene supplies.
On Friday, an inmate’s relative reported that her son had been beaten by a prison guard before he was moved out of TTCC.
Taylor’s response to us was, “There was no riot on Thanksgiving Day.”
On Friday, The Post & Email received a memo authored by CCA Chief of Security Andrew Jones written to TTCC Assistant Warden Jerry Wardlow on December 2, 2016.
Thanksgiving was November 24, and the memo indicates that Jones visited TTCC, which he refers to as “TTCF,” between November 28 and December 2.
On pages 1 and 2, he referenced “the incident on Thanksgiving” and corrective measures to be taken.
He further noted that “things that I saw as a security concern/life safety issue were address [sic] immediately…Prior to leaving for the day, we were able to move (8) of the inmates that was involved in the incident on Thanksgiving from unit AA to unit AB.”
Jones specifically noted a lack of “personal hygiene items/property” in the “basic necessity” category in “unit AB.”
The Post & Email is gathering more information as to exactly what occurred at TTCC on Thanksgiving Day from eyewitnesses.
CCA has declined to respond to our past requests for comment.
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.