by Sharon Rondeau

(Dec. 18, 2016) — Another inmate from the Trousdale Turner Correctional Complex (TTCC) has reported in a letter that “the entire facility is on lockdown due to a major gang war between the ‘Crips’ and the ‘Bloods.’ This is largely due to the understaffing and poor oversight at this prison. We have stayed on lockdown since August. Before Labor Day…”

A note received from an inmate’s relative on October 10 appears to confirm the “lockdown” claim.

A number of inmates have reported a major incident involving gangs on Thanksgiving Day which some inmates’ relatives have termed “a riot” and precipitated the renewed lockdown status.

Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) Communications Director Neysa Taylor has denied that there is chaos or “riot” activity at the prison, which is located in Hartsville, Trousdale County.

The facility has been the subject of dozens of inmate communications/complaints to this publication since early May.  Having opened only last January, there is an apparent short-staffing situation that does not appear to have improved.

At TTCC, “lockdown” refers to prisoners having to spend 23 hours daily in their cells without recreation and minimal, if any, access to the law library. A number of relatives have opined that the inmates are treated “worse than animals.”

Inmates have complained about substandard, cold food sometimes served hours after normal mealtimes; the non-dispensing of prescription medications; excessive use of force by prison guards; gang members roaming freely throughout the prison and even conducting nightly lockdown; a lack of protective custody; and severe shortstaffing.

A relative has said that TTCC is in a state of “medical chaos.”

Although the TDOC reportedly provides oversight at TTCC, the Hartsville facility is owned and operated by CoreCivic, formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).

Another inmate reported that 11 prisoners were stabbed as a result of a violent Thanksgiving Day incident documented in an internal “CCA” memo dated December 2.

In another recent letter, an inmate described having been interviewed by a CoreCivic employee on the topics of prison safety, gang activity, helpfulness of the corrections staff and employment opportunities, the latter of which all of the inmates from whom we have heard say is virtually nonexistent.

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  1. Please someone help! I don’t know what to do! We have not heard from my nephew for weeks! I’m so worried about him. Can someone advise what we can do to help them now?

  2. It’s all true!!!!
    My Uncle is @TTCC.
    Gang members run the prison!!
    When its lockdown….The guards allows the gang members to roam around free as a bird in the pods.
    Their robbing the weaker inmates of their property.( Shoes,clothes,TV, etc.)
    Gang members collecting depths…That aren’t even owed…..Bulling weaker inmates.
    A lot of the inmates sign up with the gangs..Just for protection…..It’s a shame.
    3 guards to 200 inmates….
    I’d say there understaffed..

  3. I recently went for a visit…My son has changed so much due to his environment.
    He told me he hadn’t had a shower in 3 days. They are locked up 23 hours a day. When they do get out..The first people into the showers are gang members..All non gang members have to wait until the gang members gets done showering, before they dare enter….. Or else..Be in dis- respect of the gang members….You all know what happened if you disrespect a gang member.
    The ( contracted)security guards are not allowed to search any inmate.
    There’s 1 security guard per pod….3 connecting pods in a unit.
    I believe there’s approximately 68 inmates per pod….X 3 pods = 204 inmates -vs- 3 guards…..Hummmm!!!!!
    A lot of the guards looks the other way…
    Guilty of bringing into the prison…..DRUGS…
    Tobacco…For the inmates to sell….
    Yes..It’s true..There are junkies…..In there….
    There’s no law……..It’s all about the money.
    It’s a for profit prison….What’s the solution????
    It starts at the top!!!!
    Shame on the spokes person whom says there’s nothing going on @ TTCC…

  4. This is disgusting and the Tennessee representatives should be ashamed of themselves – AND they should never be re-elected! Everyone associated with this prison knows what has been going on and has done nothing about it.