“HARASSED ON A DAILY BASIS”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 13, 2018) — A letter received Saturday from an inmate at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville, TN reports that “elderly and disabled inmates are been discriminated against in the worst way.” [sic]
The inmate, who has written to us in the past, explained:
This group of inmates are currently being restricted from any and all form of exercise and being forced to sit in front of their housing units without being able to seek shelter from inclement weather or harsh temperatures, they are not allowed to reenter the unit for restroom use and forced to urinate on themselves they are being verbally abused by staff officials and harassed on a daily basis.
At the bottom of page 1 to page 2, the letter continues, “Many of these inmates are suffering from chronic illness such as hypertension and diabetes, and is encouraged by health officials to exercise regularly. Many of the inmates are now Complaining of stiffness of muscles and pain in their joints some has complained of encrecreased blood pressure, and severe cramps.” [sic]
Conversely, the writer added, “Other inmate who are younger and healthier are being allowed to go out on the yard and exercise on a daily basis. To Participate in all sports events to lift weights, play basketball and baseball ect. It is the assumption that this cruel practice by officials is to lead to the demise of these older Inmates to avoid giving medical furloughs for which applications have been filled out.” [sic]
The letter concludes with, “Hopefully you can bring this matter to the attention of the proper authorities, all efforts through our grievance process has failed.” [sic]