FOLLOWING DOZENS OF REPORTS OF INADEQUATE MEDICAL CARE
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 10, 2017) — The Nashville Scene has reported that a federal lawsuit alleges that private prison operator CoreCivic has failed to provide adequate medical care to diabetics at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN.
The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) and its commissioner are named defendants in addition to CoreCivic.
Over the last nine months, The Post & Email has received a multitude of letters making similar allegations, with one incident described as having involved a diabetic inmate taken out on a stretcher allegedly from diabetic shock.
The TDOC, which reportedly oversees TTCC, has denied the draconian conditions alleged in the inmates’ letters and by their relatives, terming the complaints “inaccurate.”
As The Post & Email has reported, beatings by correction officers, cold food, illegal drug use and resultant death, virtually-continual lockdowns and spotty medication dispensing have been noted by inmates as standard operating procedure at TTCC.
“The suit also contains allegations about the frequent use of lockdowns to handle issues caused by understaffing at the facility,” the Nashville Scene reported.
Boilerplate responses from TDOC Middle Tennessee spokeswoman Alison Randgaard and CoreCivic spokesman Jonathan Burns do not address the specifics of the lawsuit but claim that adequate staffing and medical standards are maintained at TTCC.
The Post & Email is awaiting a response from TDOC Commissioner Tony Parker, spokeswoman Neysa Taylor, and CoreCivic Executive Vice President Harley Lappin to an inmate letter sent on January 24 describing a series of medical and mental-health emergencies which were allegedly poorly-handled by TTCC and the TDOC.
According to the Scene’s February 9 report, “TDOC filed their response to the complaint yesterday, largely declining to respond to the allegations in the suit because the allegations are aimed at CoreCivic. The TDOC filing does deny, however, that all of the named plaintiffs are currently housed at Trousdale.”
Using the TOMIS online search tool, The Post & Email found a Richard Cline Little at TTCC.
We were not able to find a “Douglas Dobson” in the TOMIS system.
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.