Tennessee Comptroller Audit Notes Significant Shortcomings in Prison Management

Tennessee Comptroller Audit Notes Significant Shortcomings in Prison Management

MEDICAL CARE AND RECORDS, STAFFING SHORTAGES AMONG CHIEF CONCERNS by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 11, 2020) — A 234-page “Performance Audit Report” released Friday by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury found the Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) to be deficient in carrying out the department’s mission “to operate safe and secure prisons and provide effective […]

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 Letters Continue to Contradict Private Prison Company’s Claim of Safety, Efficiency

Inmate Letters Continue to Contradict Private Prison Company’s Claim of Safety, Efficiency

“WE HAD A STABBING DURING LUNCH…” by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 25, 2017) — On Sunday, the Knoxville News Sentinel published a guest editorial by Harley Lappin, Chief Corrections Officer and Executive Vice President of CoreCivic, a private prison operator based in Nashville. In his column, Lappin defended the company’s record of reportedly lowering costs and […]