THREATS GO BEYOND VERBAL INTIMIDATION, INMATES AND RELATIVES SAY
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 24, 2018) — On Monday, two letters arrived from different individuals not heard from before in the matter of a female correction officer at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville, TN who reportedly threatens inmates who she perceives have slighted her and follows through by orchestrating physical assaults on them by other inmates.
The letters brought the total of number of individuals describing misconduct on the part of Julie Abbott to more than a half-dozen over the last two months.
Both inmates and their relatives have indicated they are fearful to contact the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) for fear of further retaliation on the part of the officer, although a formal complaint was filed late last month, according to documentation The Post & Email received at the time.
Although unconventional when filing a grievance, the complaint to the TDOC and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) was unsigned because the inmates lodging it fear for their physical safety. Inmates who have provided accounts of Abbott’s alleged malfeasance have requested that we not send return letters out of fear of retaliation reportedly threatened which specifically encompasses correspondence from this publication.
The techniques CO Julie Abbott reportedly employs are “frequent body pat-downs,” the threat that “this ain’t over,” circulating a list of inmates who are serving time for alleged sexual offenses, and arranging inmate-on-inmate assaults.