Report: Lawsuit Accuses CoreCivic, TDOC of Failing to Treat Diabetics at Hartsville Prison

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 last quarter of 2016 and the year as a whole were more profitable for CoreCivic than in the previous year’s comparable periods.

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.

An inmate who might be Little’s son is at HHSE:

Tazarius Leach is noted as residing at TTCC:

We were not able to find a “Douglas Dobson” in the TOMIS system.

Tennessee has been identified as the worst in the area of public corruption.

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