ARE THERE CORRECTION OFFICERS WHO ARE CRIMINALS?

by Sharon Rondeau

(Jan. 30, 2017) — On Saturday, The Post & Email received a one-page letter from an inmate at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC), about which we have written extensively over the last nine months.

Although open for only 13 months, the institution has reportedly been plagued with problems which its owner/operator, CoreCivic, has not publicly acknowledged despite a myriads of complaints from both inmates and their relatives.

The inmate wrote that his cellmate recently requested relocation of the “Unit Manager” to another cell.  According to the inmate, his cellmate related that the unit manager “told him if he would fight me that he would move me so he could get rid of his problem.”

The inmate said he filed a grievance over what his cellmate told him and suggested that criminal charges are in order for the unit manager “to have me assaulted.”

Several parties were copied on the letter, including Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) Commissioner Tony Parker.

Gang violence and aggression on the part of TTCC staff have been reported to this publication since last May, when a large influx of inmates from other facilities arrived there.  A May 24, 2016 Associated Press report corroborates some of the information we have received from at least three dozen inmates and 20 or more relatives, many of whom visit or receive regular phone calls from their incarcerated loved ones describing horrific conditions.

Early last month, a mother reported that her son was severely beaten by a TTCC correction officer.  Unexplained deaths have also been reported, although not by the mainstream media.

Thus far, the TDOC denies all reports of wrongdoing, shortstaffing and negligence on the part of TTCC management, citing the reports The Post & Email has received as “inaccurate.”

A recent request to TDOC Communications Director Neysa Taylor for an investigation of a reported incident in order to present the TDOC’s side of the story received no response.

We have not published the letter in order to protect the inmate’s identity.  The Post & Email will report any new developments in this case.

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