Inmate’s Wife Begs TDOC for Compassionate Release

Inmate’s Wife Begs TDOC for Compassionate Release

“HE DOES NOT HAVE LONG TO LIVE” by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 8, 2019) — The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) record of an inmate whose wife says he is dying of Stage IV cirrhosis of the liver at the Morgan County Correctional Complex (MCCX) in Wartburg indicates that he was granted parole after a November […]

TDOC Inmate Steven Williamson: “I Have a Hit Out on my Life”

TDOC Inmate Steven Williamson:  “I Have a Hit Out on my Life”

ALLEGES STAFF RETALIATION, FEAR OF GANGS AFTER REPORTING STAFF MISCONDUCT by Sharon Rondeau (Oct. 26, 2018) — The Post & Email is in receipt of a letter dated October 17, 2018 written by Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) inmate Steven Brian Williamson, #218345, expressing fear for his life given that he was a witness to […]

Inmate Lawsuit Challenging Denial of Court Access to be Settled

Inmate Lawsuit Challenging Denial of Court Access to be Settled

“NEGOTIATED IN GOOD FAITH” by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 7, 2018) — A federal lawsuit filed in 2014 by former TDOC inmate Robert Z. Whipple, III has reached a tentative settlement, according to a document dated July 3, 2018 posted at the federal PACER repository. The order is signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Bryant […]

Inmate Robert Whipple Remains Incarcerated after Parole Granted a Month Ago

Inmate Robert Whipple Remains Incarcerated after Parole Granted a Month Ago

CLAIMS “RETALIATION,” “BAD FAITH” NEGOTIATIONS; CONTINUES LAWSUIT FOR COURT ACCESS by Sharon Rondeau (May 18, 2018) — Copies of two letters received on Friday from Bledsoe County Correctional Complex (BCCX) inmate Robert Z. Whipple, III, #399615, indicate that not only has he not been released from prison after the Tennessee Board of Parole awarded him […]

Robert Z. Whipple III Reports Parole Granted

Robert Z. Whipple III Reports Parole Granted

A “GOOD” KIND OF “NERVOUS” by Sharon Rondeau (May 1, 2018) — In a letter received on Tuesday, Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) inmate Robert Z. Whipple III wrote that his parole hearing on April 18 has resulted in a positive decision for his release from prison “in a couple weeks.” Whipple said that he […]

Tennessee Inmate Reports Assaults While in Protective Custody

Tennessee Inmate Reports Assaults While in Protective Custody

“I DO NOT DESERVE TO BE BEATEN” by Sharon Rondeau (Apr. 29, 2018) — A letter arriving on Friday from an inmate at Tennessee’s Bledsoe County Correctional Complex (BCCX) in Pikeville reported that his placement in the Protective Custody (PC) unit has not shielded him from physical attacks by gang members. In the letter, the […]

Federal Judge Orders Telephone Conference in Prison Law Library Case

Federal Judge Orders Telephone Conference in Prison Law Library Case

OVER “BAD FAITH NEGOTIATION” CLAIM by Sharon Rondeau (Apr. 17, 2018) — On April 3, 2018, BCCX inmate Robert Z. Whipple, III notified Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner (TDOC) Tony Parker that the “negotiated” installation of the Westlaw legal research tool as a substitute for the access he was denied to the prison’s federal law […]

Tennessee: Prison Law Library Access Granted…

Tennessee:  Prison Law Library Access Granted…

THEN TAKEN AWAY BY STEALTH by Sharon Rondeau (Apr. 10, 2018) — After reporting approximately five weeks ago that the “Westlaw” legal resource had been installed at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex (BCCX) in Pikeville for use by the prison population, inmate Robert Z. Whipple III, #399615, reported in an April 3, 2018 letter that […]

Tennessee: Trousdale Inmate Reports Medication Reinstated after Two Months

Tennessee:  Trousdale Inmate Reports Medication Reinstated after Two Months

PAROLE HEARING SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 23 by Sharon Rondeau (Apr. 5, 2018) — An inmate whose name was mentioned on the “Nooganomics” radio show approximately three weeks ago reported in a recent letter that the Omeprazole he has been taking for years for acid reflux disease was reordered after a two-month hiatus. Trousdale Turner Correctional […]

Why the Hassle about Law Library Access?

Why the Hassle about Law Library Access?

REPORT:  FINALLY, BCCX ANNEX INMATES PROVIDED MEANS TO CONDUCT LEGAL RESEARCH by Sharon Rondeau (Mar. 4, 2018) — In a letter received on Thursday dated February 26, 2018, Bledsoe County Correctional Complex (BCCX) inmate Robert Z. Whipple, III provided an update on his reported lack of access to the prison law library for a number […]

Father of Inmate Reports Diabetic Shoes Finally Received

Father of Inmate Reports Diabetic Shoes Finally Received

AFTER HE IS FORCED TO PAY FOR THEM by Sharon Rondeau (Feb. 6, 2018) — On Tuesday evening, Mr. Robert Z. Whipple, father of a Tennessee prison inmate by the same name, reported that his son finally received the diabetic shoes prescribed for him by a TDOC physician nearly three months ago. Just before Christmas, […]

Tennessee Inmate Still Has No Diabetic Shoes

Tennessee Inmate Still Has No Diabetic Shoes

TDOC DENIES MEDICAL NEED, BUT WHY? by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 4, 2018) — A Tennessee state inmate who was prescribed diabetic shoes more than two months ago still has not received them, according to a mailing received on Wednesday. Robert Z. Whipple, III resides at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex (BCCX) in Pikeville and has […]

Report: Tennessee Prison Continues to Deny Access to Law Library

Report:  Tennessee Prison Continues to Deny Access to Law Library

INMATE’S CASES TWICE DELAYED DUE TO LACK OF LEGAL RESOURCES by Sharon Rondeau (Oct. 7, 2017) — Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) inmate Robert Z. Whipple, III, #399615, continues to report that staff at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex (BCCX) in Pikeville, TN prevent him on an ongoing basis from accessing the courts via the […]

BCCX Continues to Prevent Inmates from Accessing “Adequate” Law Library

BCCX Continues to Prevent Inmates from Accessing “Adequate” Law Library

IN DEFIANCE OF DECADES-OLD U.S. SUPREME COURT RULING by Sharon Rondeau (Sep. 28, 2017) — An inmate at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex (BCCX) in Pikeville, TN reported to the American Correctional Association (ACA) that he and others residing in the prison “annex” are prohibited from using the federal law library located at the facility […]

Tennessee Inmate Reports Work Detail Gender Discrimination and Possible Public Safety Risk

Tennessee Inmate Reports Work Detail Gender Discrimination and Possible Public Safety Risk

“IS TDOC PUTTING THE PUBLIC AT RISK?” by Sharon Rondeau (Sep. 19, 2017) — An inmate at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex (BCCX) in Pikeville, TN has reported workplace discrimination against men in favor of female inmates who may not qualify for the jobs they have been awarded. The Post & Email first received a letter […]

Inmate Reports “Sleeping on Raw Metal”

Inmate Reports “Sleeping on Raw Metal”

AT PIKEVILLE, TN FACILITY by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 28, 2016) — A letter received on Thursday from an inmate at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex (BCCX) reports that last Thursday, he “was taken to segregation without being old why” and not provided a standard sleeping mat, which resulted in his “having to sleep on raw […]

Walter Fitzpatrick Relocated

Walter Fitzpatrick Relocated

ARE NEW SURROUNDINGS MORE DANGEROUS THAN BEFORE? by Sharon Rondeau (Mar. 11, 2016) — By means of a letter received on Friday, The Post & Email learned that Tennessee inmate #540003, Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, was relocated to the West Tennessee State Penitentiary (WTSP), colloquially known as “West High,” on March 1. While we know […]

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 […]