“NOTHING HAS GOTTEN ANY BETTER; ONLY WORSE”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 20, 2016) — Last week, The Post & Email sent a return letter to an inmate at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN requesting more information on an incident said by a number of prisoners and their relatives to have occurred on Thanksgiving Day at the troubled and understaffed facility run by CoreCivic, formerly CCA.
The inmate has been a source of what The Post & Email believes to be reliable and accurate information for the months he has spent at TTCC after his transfer there from a state-run facility elsewhere in the state.
While he did not observe the incident directly, he wrote that “two gangs that got into (illegible) which were the Crips and the Bloods both black gangs they come from D Building C. Building and E. Building Fighting in the Rec cage and outside of C. Building.”
His identification of the gang members allegedly involved in the fight coincides with another inmate’s report of the incident.
“They made all the guys in the end rec yard which can be seen from the WD pod crawl out backwards on their hands and knees,” he continued. “They cuffed them all with the plastic hand cuff zip tie type.”
Concluding his recollection of the incident, he said, “Now my view is limited so I cannot tell you much more because we have been on lock down every since.” [sic]
He also provided specifics on the many reported deficiencies within the prison which the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) has routinely denied.
Among the items the inmate mentioned which correspond to those cited by others are cold food; disrespectful and at times obscene treatment on the part of correction officers; the facility being in a state of lockdown since Thanksgiving Day; drug-dealing being permitted by facility staff; and medications dispensed inconsistently.
This particular inmate also alleged that an entry within the TOMIS system designates him as employed within the prison when that is not the case.
Parts of his letter describing the aforementioned points follow.