“IT SAT THERE 2 DAYS!!”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 8, 2017) — An inmate at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) informed The Post & Email in a recent mailing that our letter sent to him on March 27 was received at the facility on March 30, as evidenced by the date-stamp placed on the envelope, but that it “sat there 2 days” on the desk of a correction officer.
TTCC is owned and operated by CoreCivic, formerly CCA, and has been reported by many inmates and their relatives as being “the worst” facility they have ever encountered.
The troubled facility recently passed an inspection about which it reportedly received advance notice. Several inmates indicated to this publication that extraordinary measures were taken just prior to the inspection conducted by the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC), which oversees the four CoreCivic-owned prisons in the state as well as the ten others it operates.
TTCC is said to be dominated by gang members who engage in frequent “riots” or “gang wars,” although denied by TDOC spokeswoman Neysa Taylor. Assaults, frequent “lockdowns” and theft amid severe short-staffing have been consistently reported.
Corruption within the TDOC itself is said to include forced participation in federally-funded classes for which some inmates do not qualify; lack of medical care; physical and emotional abuse; and racial discrimination.
According to the inmate’s letter, our correspondence reached him, but not directly.
CoreCivic’s Executive Vice President Harley Lappin failed to respond to The Post & Email’s January 24, 2017 letter expressing concern over the reported lack of medical care for TTCC inmates as exemplified by an enclosure written by inmate Ricky Greene, who reported having suffered a heart attack and, once calling for medical help, told he was “faking it.”
Greene had a history of cardiac problems, including three previous heart attacks. According to TDOC records, he is 42 years old.
Greene later reported becoming the victim of sexual assault, after which he said TTCC staff “laughed at” him despite an existing law which “prohibits and seeks to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual misconduct in correctional institutions. Sexual abuse encompasses (1) inmate-on-inmate sexual abuse, (2) inmate-on-inmate sexual harassment, (3) staff-on-inmate sexual abuse, and (4) staff-on-inmate sexual harassment.”
Greene said he later attempted to commit suicide but was rescued by a conscientious correction officer.
Finally, Greene said he assaulted a prison guard in order to effect his own removal from TTCC out of desperation. The last we heard from him, he was awaiting transfer to a maximum-security facility in solitary confinement.
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.