Report: Gang Members “Jumped,” Beat Inmate to Steal New Pair of Shoes

Report:  Gang Members “Jumped,” Beat Inmate to Steal New Pair of Shoes

TENNESSEE’S PRISON GULAG by Sharon Rondeau (Sep. 3, 2016) — A family of an inmate housed at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN in for The Post Email on Saturday night that following the listing of a five-day lockdown, “they were taken off  this am. Then 2 hours later 6 gang members […]

Should the Hawkins County, TN Jail be Shut Down?

Should the Hawkins County, TN Jail be Shut Down?

“WHAT IS GOING ON INSIDE THAT JAIL NEEDS TO STOP” by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 19, 2016) — On July 7, The Post & Email received a letter from a Tennessee state prison inmate detailing allegations of inmate abuse at the Hawkins County jail in Rogersville, TN. As we had not previously reported on that particular […]

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 […]

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 […]

Report: Correction System “in the Business of Holding People”

Report:  Correction System “in the Business of Holding People”

“THEY GET KICKBACKS ON EVERYTHING THAT THEY DO” by Sharon Rondeau (Apr. 30, 2016) — In a recent telephone conversation with a Tennessee state prison inmate, The Post & Email was told that the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC), enabled by the state Board of Parole, is “in the business of holding people” for as […]

Inmate Reports Intimidation, Harassment, and Retaliation

Inmate Reports Intimidation, Harassment, and Retaliation

FOR REFUSING PLACEMENT IN COURSE by Sharon Rondeau (Dec. 14, 2015) — On Monday The Post & Email received an original and copies of a new grievance form from Tennessee prison inmate Jerome L. Johnson, on whose situation we have reported for a number of months. Under circumstances similar to those in which Walter Francis […]

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 […]

Tennessee Prison Inmate Sheds Further Light on Prisoners-for-Profit Educational Operation

Tennessee Prison Inmate Sheds Further Light on Prisoners-for-Profit Educational Operation

REPORTS REVERSE CASE OF FORCED CLASS ENROLLMENT by Anonymous Inmate (Sep. 20, 2015) — [Editor’s Note:  The following letter received last week from an inmate at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville, TN details a different experience than that described by Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III beginning in late May of this year. Fitzpatrick reported […]

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 […]

Breaking: Fitzpatrick Dropped From Prison Adult Basic Education Class

Breaking:  Fitzpatrick Dropped From Prison Adult Basic Education Class

CORRECTION OR COVER-UP? by Sharon Rondeau (Sep. 1, 2015) — In a letter received on Monday and reviewed on Tuesday evening by The Post & Email, Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III reported that he was “dropped from the ABE/GED NWCX school,” referring to the basic education class in which he was enrolled in late June despite […]

Fitzpatrick Reports “Grand Theft” of Taxpayer Dollars

Fitzpatrick Reports “Grand Theft” of Taxpayer Dollars

“A CLEVER DECEPTION” by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 29, 2015) — On June 29, 2015, TDOC inmate Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III completed a form with the purpose of obtaining proof of his high school graduation in order to be excused from the Adult Basic Education (ABE) class in which he had been enrolled the day before. […]

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 […]

Fitzpatrick Reports “Daily Robbery of the Federal Bank” in Prison Education Scheme

Fitzpatrick Reports “Daily Robbery of the Federal Bank” in Prison Education Scheme

“FEDERAL CRIME STOPPERS” NEEDED by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 10, 2015) — On Saturday, The Post & Email published an article containing the first four pages of a 44-page handwritten letter received last week from Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, who is imprisoned at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville,TN.  The letter further detailed his forced […]

Is There Racism in Tennessee’s Prisons?

Is There Racism in Tennessee’s Prisons?

WHITE INMATE AND BLACK INMATE RECEIVE UNEQUAL TREATMENT IN SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 31, 2015) — On Friday, The Post & Email received a second letter from Mr. Jerome Johnson, an inmate at Tennessee’s Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) who has become acquainted with Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III. Fitzpatrick has been an inmate at […]

Second Tennessee Inmate Reports Disciplinary Action for Refusing to Participate in Pro-Social Life Skills Course

Second Tennessee Inmate Reports Disciplinary Action for Refusing to Participate in Pro-Social Life Skills Course

“RAMP UP THE PRESSURE” by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 23, 2015) — Beginning in late May, retired Naval officer and Tennessee prison inmate Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III reported that staff at the Northwest Correctional Center (NWCX) had enrolled him in the Pro-Social Life Skills class despite his having been deemed unsuitable for it during his intake […]

Bombshell: Fitzpatrick Disciplinary Hearing, Forced Participation in Class Canceled by TDOC pb

Bombshell:  Fitzpatrick Disciplinary Hearing, Forced Participation in Class Canceled by TDOC pb

“MACBETH’S THREE WITCHES“ by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 4, 2015) — A letter received on Saturday from Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III reports that on Friday, June 26, he was unexpectedly moved out of his current guild, where inmates attend basic education and behavior modification courses, to a different part of the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX), and […]