Tennessee: Harmer Blows Whistle on Prison Staff Shortages

Tennessee:  Harmer Blows Whistle on Prison Staff Shortages

LONG-TERM INMATE FEARS OVERWORKED STAFF INCAPABLE OF HANDLING POTENTIAL EMERGENCY by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 12, 2019) — On Friday The Post & Email received a copy of a letter dated August 5, 2019 to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee from MCCX inmate Grenda Ray Harmer reporting “a severe staff shortage of officers” creating what Harmer sees […]

Report: TTCC Private Security Contract Canceled

Report:  TTCC Private Security Contract Canceled

SHORT-STAFFING NOW EVEN MORE PRONOUNCED; LOCKDOWN IMMINENTLY EXPECTED by Sharon Rondeau (Mar. 15, 2017) — In a letter dated March 4, 2017 to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, an inmate at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN alleged that the CEO of the prison operator and the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) commissioner […]

TTCC Inmate Reports Attack Plot Allegedly Sanctioned by “Unit Manager”

TTCC Inmate Reports Attack Plot Allegedly Sanctioned by “Unit Manager”

ARE THERE CORRECTION OFFICERS WHO ARE CRIMINALS? by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 30, 2017) — On Saturday, The Post & Email received a one-page letter from an inmate at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC), about which we have written extensively over the last nine months. Although open for only 13 months, the institution has reportedly […]

Stunning Artwork Depicts Desperation of Tennessee Prison Inmates

Stunning Artwork Depicts Desperation of Tennessee Prison Inmates

“CRIMINALS WITH A BADGE” by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 12, 2017) — On Wednesday, The Post & Email received a large envelope from Morgan County Correctional Complex (MCCX) inmate Richard A. Mayers, whose last letter related a deterioration in his situation, specifically health care. Centurion is the company contracted to provide medical care in both publicly- […]

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 […]

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 […]

Report: Female Prison Correction Officer Assaulted by Gang Member at NWCX

Report:  Female Prison Correction Officer Assaulted by Gang Member at NWCX

NON-DELIVERY OF DRUGS SAID TO BE CATALYST by Sharon Rondeau (Feb. 27, 2016) — Over the past nine months, The Post & Email has received a plethora of reports from inmates at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville, TN of gang violence, correction officer and inmate injuries, physical abuse of inmates by correction officers, […]

Why Was Jerome Johnson Moved to Medium Security?

Why Was Jerome Johnson Moved to Medium Security?

“NOTHING BUT RETALIATION” by Sharon Rondeau (Dec. 23, 2015) — In a letter received on Monday, NWCX inmate Jerome L. Johnson informed The Post & Email that he has been inexplicably relocated from the minimum-security building where he was housed to a medium-security area populated by a significant number of gang members. A letter from […]

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 […]