Tennessee: Harmer Reports “Statewide Lockdown”

Tennessee:  Harmer Reports “Statewide Lockdown”

AMID RE-ACCREDITATION OF THREE FACILITIES BY NATIONAL CORRECTIONAL ORGANIZATION by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 22, 2019) — In two letters received last week and on Tuesday, respectively, MCCX inmate Grenda Ray Harmer, #88710, reported that on January 8, a gang member was stabbed dozens of times and all Tennessee prisons subsequently placed in “lockdown” mode, meaning […]

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 […]

Report: Trousdale CCA Prison Taking “Most Dangerous Inmates”

Report:  Trousdale CCA Prison Taking “Most Dangerous Inmates”

“WHY CAN’T THEY OPEN A NEW FACILITY AND OPERATE IT SAFELY?” by Sharon Rondeau (Jun. 4, 2016) — [Editor’s Note:  A letter from a Tennessee inmate received on Saturday reports that a privately-run prison in Hartsville, Trousdale County, TN about which The Post & Email has written previously has taken in a significant number of […]

Inmate Reports Substandard Security, Communications Systems at NWCX

Inmate Reports Substandard Security, Communications Systems at NWCX

“NON-OPERATIONAL” by Anonymous Inmate, Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) (May 26, 2016) — [Editor’s Note:  On Thursday, the following letter was received from an inmate at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville, TN, a facility about which The Post & Email has reported extensively beginning last year when Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III reported a “prisoners-for-profit” […]

Fitzpatrick Case to be Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

Fitzpatrick Case to be Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

AFTER TENNESSEE HIGH COURT REFUSES TO HEAR APPEAL by Sharon Rondeau (Mar. 17, 2016) — On November 4, 2015, Atty. Van Irion filed an Application for Permission to Appeal to the Tennessee Supreme Court from the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals on behalf of Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, who was incarcerated on August 19, 2014 […]

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, […]

Long-Term Tennessee Inmate Provides Wealth of Information on Prison Reform, Recent TDOC Audit, “Three Strikes” Ruling

Long-Term Tennessee Inmate Provides Wealth of Information on Prison Reform, Recent TDOC Audit, “Three Strikes” Ruling

“I’M CONFIDENT THAT A CHANGE IS GONNA COME” by Tracy Finley, TDOC Inmate #94531 (Oct. 23, 2015) — [Editor’s Note:  The following letter was received on October 22, 2015 from 34-year Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) inmate Tracy Finley, continuing the discussion on prison conditions, proposed sentencing and prison reforms, and the death of West […]

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 […]