“CRIMINALS WITH A BADGE”

by Sharon Rondeau

(Jan. 12, 2017) — On Wednesday, The Post & Email received a large envelope from Morgan County Correctional Complex (MCCX) inmate Richard A. Mayers, whose last letter related a deterioration in his situation, specifically health care.

Centurion is the company contracted to provide medical care in both publicly- and privately-operated Tennessee prisons since 2013 as well as in many other states.

On Wednesday, The Post & Email contacted Centurion through its website portal asking to speak with a media representative but has not yet received a response.

The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) insists that the problems and violations described in dozens of inmates’ letters over the past 2+ years to this publication are “inaccurate.”

Mr. Mayers has reported two beatings by correction officers at his previous facility, WTSP, and recent “hands-on training” by a 23-year-old correction officer in his last letter.

The first two pages of Mayers’s letter are below.  Later in his 18-page missive, which contains a number of attachments having to do with medical care and a lawsuit he filed against a number of corrections staff, he states that his cell has been raided in the same fashion as was Walter Francis Fitzpatrick‘s when he was incarcerated at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville.

The inscription in the upper-right corner of the drawing reads [sic]:

This news letter is deticated to rooting out and holding responsible and accountable these criminals with a badge masqurading as correctional officers.  No more beatings.  No more discrimination from any race. No more intimidation. No more extorsion.  It ends now.

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