Harmer Reports Shakedown


by Sharon Rondeau

(Jun. 29, 2018) — A letter received Friday from TDOC inmate Grenda Ray Harmer, #88710, reports that prison guards conducted a “shakedown” of his person and cell, allegedly falsely claiming that he was in possession of a sharpened toothbrush.

Harmer is housed at the Morgan County Correctional Complex (MCCX) in Wartburg, TN, where he has reported previous retaliation in the form of confiscation of his personal property.  He has been in prison since 1998.

“This is false,” Harmer wrote.  “They’ve set me up.  They’re done this to retaliate because I won’t stop exposing MCCX staff wrongdoing.” [sic]  Harmer is a prolific documentation and has reported in scores of letters and formal reports to TDOC officials that contraband constantly makes its way into not only MCCX, but also its protective custody (PC) area, to which he was assigned last August 1.

Harmer has also claimed that the food service is substandard, that inmates in PC have not been afforded a review of their placement as is mandated by TDOC Administrative Policies and Procedures, and that their access to legal materials is nonexistent.

Earlier this week, we received a letter from Harmer stating that instead of laundered clothing being delivered to his cell as is customary, he received “dirty” prison clothing.

In a postscript at the bottom of the letter, he wrote, “I’ve never had any weapons.  Don’t believe in them.”




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