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“WE NEED HELP WE NEED IT NOW”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 28, 2017) — An inmate at the Morgan County Correctional Complex (MCCX) in Wartburg, TN has written a letter and enclosed a petition signed by other inmates requesting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) launch an investigation into “human rights violations” consisting of alleged “physical abuse in the way of beatings” and “intimidation,” among other wrongdoing.
“Somewhere there has to be someone who desides enough is enough,” he wrote. [sic] “We need help we need it now.”
The Post & Email is not publishing the petition so as to protect the signers from retaliation.
For the past two years, The Post & Email has published dozens of Tennessee inmate letters describing correction officers physically and verbally abusing inmates. Physician-prescribed medication which is not dispensed regularly, if at all; uncontrolled gang activity and injuires; extortion; theft; and contraband smuggled in by corrections staff have all been reported.
We were told by the relative of an inmate at one institution that a correction officer sprayed pepper spray on the inmate’s meal before he began to eat and then told him to “enjoy.”
Two recent firsthand reports from inmate Ricky Lynn Greene said that he was a victim of sexual assault at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) and that correction officers refused to take action after he reported it.
Yet a different report, which coincides with the MCCX letter to Corker below, states that correction officers wear Kevlar gloves when they physically assault inmates and that at least one was rendered unconscious.
“It is here behind the wire at Morgan Co. that human rights violations are comitted not daily but hourly even by the minute in one form or another. The most frequent being the physical abuse in the way of beatings thats exactly what I said is beatings,” the MCCX inmate wrote to Corker on page 2. “The C/Os here make it there personal buissiness to ware knuckle busting gloves wich are simply weapons, since my arrival here at MCCX. I have heard from a minimum of ove [sic] 100 inmates of how they were beaten here at Morgan. Everything from fractured skulls – broken ribs + teeth knocked out, black eyes to numerous to count.”
Tennessee law requires prison wardens to see that the inmates in their care are treated with “humanity and kindness.”
The Post & Email has conveyed the information received from inmates and their relatives to the FBI and, more recently, to the President of the United States.