Tennessee: Complaint Filed Against Correction Officer Accused of Prisoner Abuse

“DANGEROUS AND VINDICTIVE”

by Sharon Rondeau

(Jun. 29, 2018) — Earlier this week we received a copy of an inmate’s formal complaint requesting an investigation into the conduct of a female correction officer at the Lake County Annex of the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX).

The report, we were told, has been sent to Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) Commissioner Tony Parker and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).

As with previous reports we received about the same officer, the author of the complaint stated that she “is very dangerous” and has allegedly arranged for inmates against whom she wishes to retaliate to be assaulted.

The report echoes another received in early April from inmate Billy Ray Cooper describing an incident wherein the same officer, identified as “Julie Abbott,” allegedly concocted a narrative that Cooper had thrown an apple at her just weeks before he was to go before the Parole Board.

The author of the formal complaint wrote that after a review of “the tape,” meaning security-camera footage, it was found that “she was clearly not in the area when the inmate merely tossed the apple out of his cell.  It was determined that she did not even appear in the area for a while after the object was thrown. At a minimum this blatant intentional falsification should be at least official misconduct.”

He also alleged that Abbott is supplying contraband to an inmate with whom she is engaged in an inappropriate relationship as defined by the TDOC’s Administrative Policies and Procedures, Section 502.06.

Any form of contraband — whether it be drugs, cigarettes, cell phones, or money — is prohibited by TDOC policy and “state law” but frequently makes it way in, according to numerous reports The Post & Email and other news outlets have received.

In June 2017, the TDOC announced “a joint operation targeting the introduction of contraband to correctional facilities” among the agency and various “criminal justice partners.”

In addition to her alleged “terrorizing” of inmates with the threat of physical harm, The Post & Email has been told that Abbott has ordered the destruction of any incoming mail from us as well as having threatened anyone attempting to send mail to us.

“I hope you understand this coming Anonymous because of how dangerous and vindictive she is,” the inmate closed the grievance.

The Post & Email welcomes any direct communication Abbott might care to make with us to provide her side of the story given that the TDOC does not respond to our inquiries about reported conditions within the state’s prisons.  Our contact information is here:  https://www.thepostemail.com/contact-us/

TDOC Policy #103.04 instructs the rerouting of any media attempts to communicate directly with TDOC employees back to the Communications office.

 

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