TDOC: Harmer Calls Out Commissioner for Holding Two Positions

TDOC:  Harmer Calls Out Commissioner for Holding Two Positions

LEGITIMATE, OR A COZY ARRANGEMENT? by Sharon Rondeau (Mar. 30, 2019) — A copy of a letter received Friday from Tennessee inmate Grenda Ray Harmer, #88710, cites a state law which suggests that Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) Commissioner Tony Parker is prohibited from assuming responsibilities adjunct to his leadership at the agency. Harmer is […]

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 […]

Tennessee: As the Weather Gets Colder, So Does Harmer’s Cell

Tennessee:  As the Weather Gets Colder, So Does Harmer’s Cell

“I HAVE COMPLAINED WITHOUT SUCCESS” by Sharon Rondeau (Dec. 7, 2018) — A copy of a memo directed to Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) Commissioner Tony Parker received by this writer on Friday reiterates inmate Grenda Ray Harmer’s claim that his cell is frigid as winter has once again settled in to mountainous Morgan County, […]

Harmer Calls Out Prison Boss for Allegedly “Lying”

Harmer Calls Out Prison Boss for Allegedly “Lying”

INMATE HAS REPORTED NUMEROUS SECURITY VIOLATIONS TO NO AVAIL by Sharon Rondeau (Oct. 30, 2018) — An inmate letter received on Monday accuses Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) Tony Parker of “lying to the media” in regard to his claim in an article last month that the department “will not tolerate any threat to the […]

CoreCivic Holds “Battle of the Units”

CoreCivic Holds “Battle of the Units”

TO IMPRESS TDOC COMMISSIONER DURING VISIT by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 3, 2018) — An original letter written by TDOC inmate Jeffery Johnson to Mr. John Fisher, TDOC Regional Director, recounts a July 20, 2018 visit on Fisher’s part to the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC), which is owned and operated by the private corporation CoreCivic. […]

Harmer Reports Attempted Prison Escape

Harmer Reports Attempted Prison Escape

EXCORIATES WARDEN FOR NOT “PROTECTING SOCIETY BETTER” by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 20, 2018) — Enclosed with a letter received on Friday from TDOC inmate Grenda Ray Harmer, #88710, was a copy of a report sent to Commissioner Tony Parker stating that a means of possible inmate escape was not properly safeguarded by Warden Shawn Phillips […]

Tennessee Prisons: Who Oversees the Overseer?

Tennessee Prisons:  Who Oversees the Overseer?

INMATE PREDICTS CORRECTIONS STAFF “WILL HARASS ME FOR EXPOSING THEM” by Sharon Rondeau (Dec. 5, 2017) — Enclosed with a letter received last week from TDOC inmate Grenda Harmer, #88710, was an “Administrative Notice” addressed to Commissioner Tony Parker citing the violation of a Tennessee statute, TDOC policy and the facility’s own policy on the […]

MCCX Inmate Names Names in Gang-Member Confrontation

MCCX Inmate Names Names in Gang-Member Confrontation

“DEAR COMMISSIONER PARKER…” by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 28, 2017) — The following copy of a letter addressed to Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) Commissioner Tony Parker was received by this writer on Monday and provides full details about a confrontation at the Morgan County Correctional Complex (MCCX) in Wartburg, TN on July 28, 2017 between […]

“Notes from Underground”

“Notes from Underground”

REPORT:  CORRECTION OFFICERS JOKE ABOUT FOOD TO INMATE ON LENGTHY HUNGER STRIKE by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 5, 2017) — The journal entries which follow were sent by Tennessee inmate Grenda Harmer, #88710, who has been on a hunger strike for a month to protest harsh treatment he said he received upon his arrival at the […]

Why Have Policies if They Are Not Followed?

Why Have Policies if They Are Not Followed?

INMATE’S MEDICATIONS WITHHELD BY PRIVATE PRISON FOR MORE THAN TWO WEEKS by Sharon Rondeau (May 13, 2017) — On April 27, 2017, Tennessee inmate Grenda Harmer was placed in segregation, or solitary confinement, at the South Central Correctional Facility (SCCF) on a “pending investigation” (PI) status. One of the reasons alleged for PI status was […]

Report: Private Prison’s “Post Orders” Routinely Abrogated

Report:  Private Prison’s “Post Orders” Routinely Abrogated

“CLEARLY VIOLATES SECURITY PROTOCOL” by Sharon Rondeau (Apr. 1, 2017) — On March 8, a Tennessee prison inmate wrote to an official at the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) to inform him that a contracted security officer’s actions within his section, or “pod,” of the prison posed a “security threat.” A subsequent March 18, 2017 […]

Inmate Suggests Tennessee Prison System Should be Renamed

Inmate Suggests Tennessee Prison System Should be Renamed

TO “DEPARTMENT OF CORRUPTION” by Sharon Rondeau (Mar. 14, 2017) — In a letter received late last week, an inmate within the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) system reported that in late February, there were seven inmate heroin overdoses at his facility, with two occurring on February 26 “one right behind the other.” “One survived, […]

Inmate Claims “Mental Torture and Abuse” from Constant Lockdown

Inmate Claims “Mental Torture and Abuse” from Constant Lockdown

RESULTING FROM “TIER MANAGEMENT” by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 21, 2017) — The following letter and chart supplement those received and published last week from inmate Grenda Harmer on the controversial “Tier Management” system used in Tennessee’s prisons and specifically at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, Trousdale County. Tier Management was instituted by […]

Tennessee Inmate Provides Minute-by-Minute Account of “Tier Management” System

Tennessee Inmate Provides Minute-by-Minute Account of “Tier Management” System

“NO REDEEMING VALUE” by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 17, 2017) — The following documentation received on Tuesday provides a detailed accounting of the “Tier Management” system implemented by former Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) Commissioner Derrick Schofield, who resigned last June to take an executive position with the GEO Group, a global corrections company. The letter […]