U.S. Justice Department Reads Tennessee Prison Accounts


by Sharon Rondeau

(Sep. 26, 2018) — On Wednesday morning the U.S. Justice Department accessed two articles at The Post & Email about corruption and abuse within Tennessee’s prison system.

The first was published in 2016 and the other just over two months ago, having come from inmate Grenda Ray Harmer, #88710, a frequent writer to this publication and others.

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The Post & Email has contacted the Justice Department and the White House about the rampant corruption, physical abuse, and substandard medical care reported to us over more than three years from inmates and their relatives in hundreds of letters and telephone interviews, although not recently.

Harmer filed a federal lawsuit against the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) in March alleging deprivation of civil rights, medical care, and retaliation against him on the part of corrections staff for his filing of grievances dating back to 2016.

One of Harmer’s complaints reported the private prison company CoreCivic paying inmates “for work never performed in order to pass TDOC 2017 audit.”  Several other inmates made the same claim at different times.

On Tuesday we received a letter from Harmer stating that he continues to experience dizziness as a result of the non-delivery of physician-prescribed Antivert since May of this year.

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