by Sharon Rondeau

(Jun. 17, 2017) — As word has already spread prior to a special report to be issued on Monday, The Post & Email can confirm that WSMV-Channel 4 in Nashville will be broadcasting a four-part series focusing on the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN, a privately-run prison which has been open for approximately 18 months.

Trousdale and three others in Tennessee, including South Central Correctional Facility (SCCF) in Clifton, are owned and operated by CoreCivic, formerly Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).

CoreCivic states its mission as to “Better the Public Good.”

On Thursday, The Post & Email received a message from seasoned WSMV anchor Demetria Kalodimos informing us that the much-anticipated series is to begin on Monday and run through Thursday night.  “A 4 part investigation begins Monday June 19-22 both at 6 and ten,” Kalodimos wrote, the subject of which was stated as “Core Civic, Trousdale and South Central.”

According to her biography, Kalodimos is the longest-serving evening news anchor at the channel and experienced an unusual path leading to journalism.  Her considerable awards in the field are listed as “15 Emmys, two National Headliner Awards, two Investigative Reporters and Editors National Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting and two national citations from American Women in Radio and Television. In 1996, she was chosen Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster of the Year.”

We had previously heard from Kalodimos on May 23 with word that the investigative series was in preparation.  Of the upcoming broadcasts, she told us exclusively:

This investigation has taken more than 9 months to bring to air. Core Civic has been difficult to deal with at every turn. We have never been allowed to walk onto the property and have waited for many months just to receive public records and/or confirmation on the many complaints we have received. We are still waiting for answers to many of our questions. Inside sources, our viewers and inmate families have kept us informed, and for that we are appreciative.  Please continue to let us know what is happening at Tennessee’s Secret Prison.

On Saturday evening, a TTCC insider told us, “CoreCivic is in damage control.  They’re calling Channel 4 trying to stop this from happening.  They’re playing a promo locally on TV.  The guys in Trousdale have seen it and are very excited.”

Additional “insider” information will be released prior to the first WSMV report, which we understand will be duplicated on the channel’s Facebook page and website.

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  1. My son has been incarcerated at Trousdale since they opened. This place should be closed and some brought against charges. I live approx 12 hours away and I have not seen my son in over a year. He doesn’t want me to drive all that way to be told that he is on lock down and there won’t be any visitation. By the way they are on lock down 85 to 90 percent of the time. Men that can’t shower and speak to their loved ones are on edge. For many of these men they just want to do their time and go home,but it’s almost as if co’s are provoking the inmates. My feeling is that if they create a hostile environment then when they come up for parole they will be denied, therefore can make more money off of that inmate. Just my opinion but makes to me. Very concerned mother.

  2. Someone needs to look into the reasoning behind mixing of classifications in Tennessee prisons. Why are low level non-violent offenders housed with violent offenders? That in itself seems like reckless endangerment and/or deliberate indifference.
    Someone needs to look into revising the 13th Amendment that made slavery illegal, except as punishment:
    Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992)
    Section 1
    Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
    For years I’ve heard elected official bemoan how much incarceration costs the state; knowing what I know now, it should be public knowledge how much each facility is making through inmate phones, commissary, visitation vending sales, Federal funds for ‘educational’ programs, etc. It should also be public knowledge of which elected officials or immediate family members make profits related to the incarceration industry.

  3. Treasonfighter’s comments are totally accurate. The name of the game is MONEY for investors. The incarcerated pay the tab through their suffering in what is far worse than a Third World prison. Inmates may have TDOC lettered on the back of their shirts but the largest imprint is a huge dollar sign for CCA/Core Civic.As to the latter, you can change your name but the ‘stink’ is still there in the mind of Tennesseans who have ‘family’ incarcerated in that pit. Thanks to the courage of WSMV News and the Post Email for bringing this situation to everyone’s attention. Real American journalism is still alive, thank God.

  4. God Bless Sharon Rondeau and the Post and Email for publishing the truth about Tennessee’s Prisons for Profits. Thank You also to the many parents and relatives of inmates who have emailed with inside information to let the public know exactly the inhumane conditions the inmates have to suffer. Next WSMV needs to investigate how local Judges use the power of office to keep those prisons for profit full and continue to harass and intimidate prisoners once they are inside by frustrating any effort toward good behavior the prisoner attempts.
    My son is in TTCC prison and has made it clear and I quote “the gangs are running the prison”. He has also stated that there is no way to comply to standards of good behavior and survive. The guards are provocational and practice constant intimidation of prisoners. The gangs force loyalty to them or they will kill you.
    Rather than rehabilitation those who go into the system can expect to be treated worse than animals. Prisoners treated this way will not only remain broken but will most likely never be able to adapt to society again.
    Corrupt County Judges and Prosecutors must be stopped from feeding this system. It is a direct conflict of interest when the prisons make a profit based on the number of inmates and the length of sentence and the Judges and Prosecutors can increase the number of inmates and the length of sentence at their discretion. Tennessee Judges continue to handpick juries and Grand Jury foremen which has been illegal for sometime.