Tennessee: NWCX Inmate Reports Educational Staff “Cook the Books” for Federal Dollars

Tennessee:  NWCX Inmate Reports Educational Staff “Cook the Books” for Federal Dollars

“A DISGUSTING TREND” by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 7, 2019) — A letter received Tuesday from an inmate at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville, TN focuses on what he believes to be deceptive practices within the prison’s educational program. The inmate had recently written to us to report what he said is the “militarization” […]

In Federal Lawsuit, Tennessee Inmate Claims Fear of Impending “Physical Injury”

In Federal Lawsuit, Tennessee Inmate Claims Fear of Impending “Physical Injury”

“STRIKING ME REPEATEDLY IN THE FACE WITH CLOSED FISTS” by Sharon Rondeau (Mar. 23, 2019) — An inmate at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) with whom The Post & Email has corresponded intermittently over the last two years has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) and a number of […]

Report Says Gang Members Dictate Conditions at NWCX, Too

Report Says Gang Members Dictate Conditions at NWCX, Too

“THE NORTHWEST PRISON IS RAN BY THE GANGS” by Sharon Rondeau (Sep. 23, 2016) — On Friday morning, The Post & Email published an article containing an email written to Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) Communications Director Neysa Taylor containing recent communiqués from relatives of inmates at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville […]

Inmate Incident Reports Altered One Day After Legislative Hearing on Prison Safety, Violence, Staffing Shortages

Inmate Incident Reports Altered One Day After Legislative Hearing on Prison Safety, Violence, Staffing Shortages

INDIVIDUAL REPORTS NOW SAY “ASSAULT;” MASTER REPORT CITED “ILLNESS” AS CAUSE FOR HOSPITALIZATION by Sharon Rondeau (Sep. 5, 2015) — On Friday, The Post & Email received a letter from Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) inmate Bryant K. Lewis, who has written to us over the summer in a series of letters about violence within the […]

Tennessee Inmate Cites Loss of Life, Suffering Resulting from Uncontrolled Prison Gangs

Tennessee Inmate Cites Loss of Life, Suffering Resulting from Uncontrolled Prison Gangs

“THE OUTCRY IS VERY REAL” by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 26, 2015) — A Tennessee legislative subcommittee will meet on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. CDT at the Capitol, Legislative Plaza, Nashville to discuss complaints from corrections officers stemming from a scheduling change which took effect last year blamed for poor morale, a significant number of resignations, […]

State Prison Inmate Asks: “Do Our Lives Matter?”

State Prison Inmate Asks:  “Do Our Lives Matter?”

“WE NEED NATIONAL ATTENTION” by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 19, 2015) — On July 14, The Post & Email published an article from a Tennessee state prison inmate which described his observations of violence at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) located in Tiptonville, TN. According to the inmate, dangerous gangs dictate the daily operation of the […]

Tennessee State Inmate Describes Horror Behind Prison Walls

Tennessee State Inmate Describes Horror Behind Prison Walls

REPORT:  GANG MEMBERS RUN PRISON, NOT CORRECTIONS OFFICERS, WARDEN by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 14, 2015) — The Post & Email is in receipt of a letter from an inmate at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville, TN which describes the facility as “the most dangerous and violent prison in the State of Tennessee (including […]

If the FBI Can Investigate Prison Crimes in Mississippi and Georgia, Why Not Tennessee?

If the FBI Can Investigate Prison Crimes in Mississippi and Georgia, Why Not Tennessee?

“EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS,” OR JUST IN SOME PLACES? by Sharon Rondeau (Feb. 5, 2017) — An announcement dated February 2 at the website of the U.S. Department of Justice states that two Mississippi correction officers pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi to using excessive force against […]

Tennessee Prison Confirms Walter Fitzpatrick “Still Here”

Tennessee Prison Confirms Walter Fitzpatrick “Still Here”

HEALTH AND WELFARE UNKNOWN by Sharon Rondeau (May 25, 2016) — Following approximately six weeks of silence from Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) inmate Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, The Post & Email contacted the West Tennessee State Penitentiary (WTSP) on Wednesday afternoon to inquire into his well-being. We were able to reach a female correction […]

Prison Concerns: Medical, Mental Health, Confinement, Nutrition, Retaliation

Prison Concerns:  Medical, Mental Health, Confinement, Nutrition, Retaliation

INMATES’ RELATIVES SAY INCARCERATION “A BUSINESS” by Sharon Rondeau (May 24, 2016) — Several more relatives of inmates at a privately-run prison in Hartsville, Trousdale County, TN have come forward to detail their observations of conditions within the facility and the effects on their respective loved ones. The Trousdale County Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville […]

Physical Danger, Retaliation, Black Mold Reported at Tennessee Prison

Physical Danger, Retaliation, Black Mold Reported at Tennessee Prison

INMATE LETTERS BELIE REPORTED CONCLUSION OF “SMOOTHLY OPERATING” PRISON SYSTEM by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 30, 2016) — In September, the American Correctional Association (ACA) conducted a three-day review of five Tennessee state prisons which reportedly produced the conclusion that the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) had in place a system which is “smoothly operating.” However, […]

More TDOC News…From the Inside

More TDOC News…From the Inside

PRISON NUTRITION, ASSAULT CLASSIFICATIONS, PSLS COURSE by Sharon Rondeau (Nov. 11, 2015) — Enclosed with a November 2 letter from Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) inmate Bryant K. Lewis on Monday were four prison menus and two October 22 articles from The Tennessean concerning the state’s correctional system, which has come under increased scrutiny over […]

Report: Audit Says Tennessee Prisons “Smoothly Operating”

Report:  Audit Says Tennessee Prisons “Smoothly Operating”

ARE THEY IN THEIR OWN WORLD? by Sharon Rondeau (Oct. 8, 2015) — Following a request for an external audit of Tennessee’s prison system by Department of Corrections Commissioner Derrick Schofield, the American Correctional Assocation (ACA) reportedly found that while a new system to figure overtime pay for corrections officers was troublesome and assaults could […]