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 […]

TDOC Inmate Jerome Johnson Continues to Fight “Institutional Corruption”

TDOC Inmate Jerome Johnson Continues to Fight “Institutional Corruption”

“THE SECRET TO MY MOVE IS RETALIATION” by Jerome L. Johnson, TDOC Inmate #150724 (Feb. 15, 2016) — [Editor’s Note:  In December, Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) inmate Jerome L. Johnson was inexplicably moved, against prison regulations necessitating a justified change in classification, to Site 1, the most dangerous part of the Northwest Correctional Complex […]

Will Claims of Prison Retaliation, Discrimination Be Addressed?

Will Claims of Prison Retaliation, Discrimination Be Addressed?

“CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT” by Sharon Rondeau (Feb. 4, 2016) — In December, Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) inmate Jerome L. Johnson was unexpectedly moved from Site 2 to Site 1 at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) as a result of what he believes was retaliation by prison staff for his refusal to participate in […]

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, […]

TDOC Mum on Forced Participation in Taxpayer-Funded Class

TDOC Mum on Forced Participation in Taxpayer-Funded Class

MULTIPLE INMATES REPORT REMOVAL FROM TECHNICAL/VOCATIONAL TRAINING, PLACEMENT IN PRO-SOCIAL LIFE SKILLS CLASS by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 21, 2016) — Since last spring, The Post & Email has received reports from inmates at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville, TN stating that they have been forced to enroll in the Pro-Social Life Skills (PSLS) […]

Will Anyone Stand Up for Tennessee Inmates’ Civil Rights?

Will Anyone Stand Up for Tennessee Inmates’ Civil Rights?

STATE OFFICIAL SENDS COMPLAINT BACK TO PRISON SYSTEM WHERE IT BEGAN by Sharon Rondeau (Nov. 3, 2015) — Over the last several months, The Post & Email has reported on abuses, assaults, gang uprisings, alleged civil rights violations and impending punishments taking place at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville, TN as reported in […]

Will Walter Fitzpatrick’s Prediction Come True?

Will Walter Fitzpatrick’s Prediction Come True?

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION COMMISSIONER COMES UNDER CLOSER SCRUTINY by Sharon Rondeau (Oct. 31, 2015) — In an editorial written by a staff reporter for The Tennesseean dated October 25, 2015, Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) Commissioner Derrick Schofield is encouraged to resign his post amid allegations of mismanagement, placing prison guards at risk, and misreporting […]

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 […]

Inmates with Serious Medical Conditions Allege Inadequate Treatment by Tennessee Department of Correction

Inmates with Serious Medical Conditions Allege Inadequate Treatment by Tennessee Department of Correction

CHRONIC KIDNEY FAILURE, MULTIPLE HERNIAS, CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE by Sharon Rondeau (Sep. 14, 2015) — Early on Monday afternoon, The Post & Email sent a message to four Tennessee legislators regarding two seriously ill inmates housed at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville. The legislators are Sen. Ken Yager, Sen. Ed Jackson, Sen. Thelma […]

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 Describes Permanent Injury from Inadequate Medical Care

Tennessee Inmate Describes Permanent Injury from Inadequate Medical Care

“CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT” by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 27, 2015) — On Monday, The Post & Email received a letter from Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) inmate Mitchell Bowers, who currently resides at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville, TN, stating that as a result of improper care on the part of prison staff […]

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, […]

Fitzpatrick: Most Information About Tennessee Prison Conditions “Being Successfully Suppressed”

Fitzpatrick:  Most Information About Tennessee Prison Conditions “Being Successfully Suppressed”

“WORKING IN A PANIC” by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 20, 2015) — In a 44-page handwritten letter from Tennessee inmate Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III dated 27 July 2015, he described his ongoing efforts to opt out of the Adult Basic Education class in which he is enrolled at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) despite his high […]

TDOC Inmate Provides Documentation of Hospitalizations from Recent Gang Violence Indicated as “Illness”

TDOC Inmate Provides Documentation of Hospitalizations from Recent Gang Violence Indicated as “Illness”

CORRECTIONS OFFICERS FACE SEVERE FATIGUE, STRESS, UNDERSTAFFING AND DANGEROUS CONDITIONS by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 19, 2015) — Over the last several weeks, The Post & Email has received several letters from Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) inmate Bryant K. Lewis describing horrendous working conditions within the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) located in Tiptonville. On July […]