Report: Another Inmate Death at Trousdale County Correctional Center

Report:  Another Inmate Death at Trousdale County Correctional Center

GANGS DOMINATE PRIVATELY-RUN PRISON WHOSE MANAGEMENT WILL NOT ANSWER QUESTIONS by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 20, 2016) — On Friday evening, The Post & Email spoke with a relative of an inmate at the Trousdale County Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN, a privately-owned facility opened in January amid a staffing shortage which has allowed for […]

Tennessee Prison Inmate Predicts: “Something is Going to Go Down”

Tennessee Prison Inmate Predicts:  “Something is Going to Go Down”

IS THE SIMMERING CAULDRON ABOUT TO BOIL OVER? by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 5, 2016) — An inmate at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN wrote in a letter received on Thursday that despite small improvements noted at the facility over the past two months by some inmates, conditions have worsened. “I think […]

TTCC Inmates Continue to Report Dangerous Conditions with Gang Members, No Employment, Limited Access to Law Library

TTCC Inmates Continue to Report Dangerous Conditions with Gang Members, No Employment, Limited Access to Law Library

“SOMETIMES THEY HAVE KNIVES + SOMETIMES THEY DON’T” by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 23, 2016) — On Friday, The Post & Email received a number of letters from inmates at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC), about which we have reported extensively since early May. TTCC is located in Trousdale County, TN, and was considered an […]

Sources: Slight Improvements Noted at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center

Sources:  Slight Improvements Noted at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center

PRIVATE SECURITY GUARDS, NO EMPLOYMENT, INACCESSIBILITY OF LAW LIBRARY REMAIN by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 1, 2016) — Two inmates at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Complex (TTCC) with whom The Post & Email has been corresponding have reported this week that minor improvements in living conditions at the facility have been made. Both inmates wrote in […]

New Prison in Hartsville Deemed an “Economic Development Opportunity”

New Prison in Hartsville Deemed an “Economic Development Opportunity”

IS IT ABOUT THE MONEY AFTER ALL? by Sharon Rondeau (Jun. 22, 2016) — The Post & Email is in possession of a contractual agreement between Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and Trousdale County, TN for the construction and operation of the prison now known as the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville. Beginning […]

Reflections on Outgoing TDOC Commissioner Derrick Schofield

Reflections on Outgoing TDOC Commissioner Derrick Schofield

“IT’S ABOUT MONEY” by Anonymous Inmate, TTCC, Hartsville, Trousdale County, TN (Jun. 17, 2016) — [Editor’s Note:  The following letter shares an inmate’s thoughts about Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) Commissioner Derrick Schofield, who resigned his post earlier this month and will work his last day on Monday.  Schofield was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam […]

Tennessee Inmate Describes Rigged Prison, Parole Systems, Citing Constitutional, State, Federal Violations

Tennessee Inmate Describes Rigged Prison, Parole Systems, Citing Constitutional, State, Federal Violations

“NEVER GETTING OUT” by Anonymous Inmate (Jun. 16, 2016) — Editor’s Note:  The following report was received on June 4 from an inmate at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) along with a letter corroborating the numerous reports The Post & Email has received over the last six weeks of short-staffing, substandard, cold food, nearly-continuous solitary […]

Why Has the AP Pulled its Article on Private Prison Problems?

Why Has the AP Pulled its Article on Private Prison Problems?

REPORT PUBLICIZED TDOC INTERNAL MEMO CITING EXCESSIVE FORCE, UNDERSTAFFING, UNEXPLAINED SOLITARY CONFINEMENT by Sharon Rondeau (Jun. 10, 2016) — On May 24, The New York Times published an Associated Press article reporting understaffing with resulting consequences for prisoners at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, Trousdale County, TN. While assembling research for a […]

Tennessee Prison System Reaches National Spotlight

Tennessee Prison System Reaches National Spotlight

WILL PRISON CONDITIONS IMPROVE OR WORSEN WITH SCHOFIELD’S IMMINENT DEPARTURE? by Sharon Rondeau (Jun. 9, 2016) — In a lengthy and detailed report published on Thursday by NBC News in its “U.S. News” section, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was quoted in his praise of Department of Correction head Derrick Schofield, who tendered his resignation last […]

Walter Fitzpatrick Breaks His Silence

Walter Fitzpatrick Breaks His Silence

“ROUGH AND ROUGHED” by Sharon Rondeau (Jun. 8, 2016) — After nearly two months, The Post & Email on Tuesday received two letters from Tennessee inmate Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III. One was five pages and the other 15, with the second a follow-up to the first. Nearly two years ago, Fitzpatrick was sentenced to three […]

Will James Thweatt Receive Medical Care?

Will James Thweatt Receive Medical Care?

SPOUSE INFORMED NEUROLOGICAL EVALUATION WILL TAKE PLACE by Sharon Rondeau (Jun. 7, 2016) — As an update to an interview conducted on Friday evening with Bridget Thweatt, whose husband James was a prisoner at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Trousdale County, TN until several weeks ago when he was moved to a different facility […]

Wife of Tennessee CCA Inmate: “Medically, He’s Not Doing Well”

Wife of Tennessee CCA Inmate:  “Medically, He’s Not Doing Well”

THREE PRIVATE PRISONS IN JUST OVER THREE WEEKS, BUT NO MEDICAL CARE by Sharon Rondeau (Jun. 6, 2016) — In late April, Tennessee resident Bridget Thweatt spoke to Nashville-based television station WSMV regarding limited visitation time with her husband, James, who was then incarcerated at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN. In […]

Multiple Eyewitness Accounts About CCA Prison Continue to Pour In

Multiple Eyewitness Accounts About CCA Prison Continue to Pour In

“THEY’VE BEEN ON THE NEWS FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS” by Sharon Rondeau (Jun. 5, 2016) — As has occurred over the last five weeks, letters from inmates at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN continue to arrive describing draconian conditions within the newly-minted facility which opened its doors in January. As […]

Tennessee Inmate Reports Corroborate Each Other

Tennessee Inmate Reports Corroborate Each Other

“LOCKDOWN” CAUSED BY LACK OF STAFF, INMATE VIOLENCE by Sharon Rondeau (Jun. 4, 2016) — On Saturday, The Post & Email received two letters from different Tennessee prison inmates describing a lack of security at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN resulting from the arrival of gang members and other violent prisoners […]

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 […]

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 […]

The New York Times, AP Report Understaffing, Cessation of New Prisoner Arrivals at Trousdale County, TN CCA Facility

The New York Times, AP Report Understaffing, Cessation of New Prisoner Arrivals at Trousdale County, TN CCA Facility

INMATE, VISITOR REPORTS TO THE POST & EMAIL CORROBORATED BY NATIONAL NEWS OUTLET by Sharon Rondeau (May 25, 2016) — An article written by the Associated Press published in The New York Times on Tuesday afternoon corroborates the accounts of a number of inmates’ relatives as well as an inmate concerning short-staffing at the Trousdale […]