Source Confirms Former Tennessee Inmate Sleeping Outside in 20-Degree Cold

Source Confirms Former Tennessee Inmate Sleeping Outside in 20-Degree Cold

“INTENTIONAL MEANNESS” by Sharon Rondeau (Mar. 6, 2020) — The eyewitness who told The Post & Email that former inmate Grenda Ray Harmer was dropped off at a “community resource center” last week by the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) without a plan for housing, shelter, medical care, employment or public benefits confirmed on Friday […]

Report: Former Tennessee Inmate, Released Last Week, “Living on the Streets”

Report: Former Tennessee Inmate, Released Last Week, “Living on the Streets”

TDOC MUM ON ARRANGEMENTS FOR GRENDA RAY HARMER by Sharon Rondeau (Mar. 3, 2020) — An article published Monday by David Tulis of Noogaradio 92.7 FM and TNtrafficticket.com reports that a 25-year inmate of the Tennessee Department of Corrections, Grenda Ray Harmer, was brought in an ad-hoc fashion to a “community resource center” upon the […]

Tennessee: Harmer Placed on “Inactive” Status

Tennessee:  Harmer Placed on “Inactive” Status

“NO LONGER UNDER STATE SUPERVISION” by Sharon Rondeau (Feb. 28, 2020) — The inmate database of the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) shows on Friday morning that Grenda Ray Harmer, #88710, has been placed on “inactive” status due to the expiration of his 25-year sentence on Wednesday. As The Post & Email has reported, on […]

Harmer Again Declines Release

Harmer Again Declines Release

FOR MEDICAL REASONS by Sharon Rondeau (Feb. 19, 2020) — A copy of a letter received Tuesday from Tennessee state inmate Grenda Ray Harmer indicates, as he stated last year, that he will not consent to a release from the custody of the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) on his scheduled release date of February […]

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 […]

Tennessee Inmate Reports Fall Down 19 Stairs While Shackled with Virtually No Follow-Up Treatment

Tennessee Inmate Reports Fall Down 19 Stairs While Shackled with Virtually No Follow-Up Treatment

“I’M STILL A HUMAN BEING” by Sharon Rondeau (Dec. 25, 2019) — A letter received Tuesday from an inmate at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville, TN reports that following an appearance at the courthouse in Lynchburg, Moore County, last month, he fell down a 19-step staircase while in custody and received virtually no […]

Tennessee: Harmer Likely to Remain in Custody Another Year

Tennessee:  Harmer Likely to Remain in Custody Another Year

INMATE CHOOSES TO CONVALESCE UNDER CARE OF TDOC by Sharon Rondeau (Nov. 26, 2019) — In a letter received Tuesday, 25-year TDOC inmate Grenda Ray Harmer, #88710, reported that he will likely remain in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) for another year because of medical conditions for which he just recently […]

CoreCivic Responds to The Post & Email on Trousdale Facility Report

CoreCivic Responds to The Post & Email on Trousdale Facility Report

“LOCKDOWN” IMPOSED FOLLOWING REPORTED INMATE ALTERCATION by Sharon Rondeau (Nov. 11, 2019) — Late Monday morning, The Post & Email received an email from an individual who stated that she received information from several inmates at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN, the state’s newest prison with a track record of violence […]

Inmate Plans to Remain in Custody if Medical Problems Remain

Inmate Plans to Remain in Custody if Medical Problems Remain

SUGGESTS IMMEDIATE TREATMENT WOULD BE “LESS COSTLY” THAN EXTENDED STAY by Sharon Rondeau (Sep. 1, 2019) — On Saturday The Post & Email received a copy of a letter from Tennessee inmate Grenda Ray Harmer, #88170, to Gov. Bill Lee stating that he will not consent to release by the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) […]

Harmer Follows Up on TDOC Commissioner with Tennessee Governor

Harmer Follows Up on TDOC Commissioner with Tennessee Governor

“PRISONS ARE NOT EASY TO GOVERN AND CONTROL” by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 15, 2019) — In a follow-up letter dated July 15, 2019, MCCX inmate Grenda Ray Harmer, #88710, wrote to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to convey his observation that Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) Commissioner Tony Parker is prohibited by state statute to serve […]

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 […]

TDOC Prisoner Granted Parole 18 Years After Eligibility

TDOC Prisoner Granted Parole 18 Years After Eligibility

“I STAY RESPECTFUL” by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 5, 2019) — A letter received on Monday from TDOC inmate Omowale A. Shabazz, #244104, rescinded an earlier request that we not divulge his having been granted parole effective in April 2020. Shabazz, whose birth name was Fred Edmond Dean, wrote in his June 24, 2019 typewritten letter […]

Another Inmate Fears for His Life at Trousdale Turner

Another Inmate Fears for His Life at Trousdale Turner

“SEE IF BY THE TIME YOU GET THIS I AM IN THE HOSPITAL OR DEAD” by Sharon Rondeau (Jun. 17, 2019) — A letter received Monday from an inmate at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville warns that because of ongoing threats to his life by gang members and his cellmate, he fears […]

Tennessee Inmate Alleges Continued Lack of Handicapped Accessibility

Tennessee Inmate Alleges Continued Lack of Handicapped Accessibility

REQUEST TO TRANSFER TO ACCESSIBLE FACILITY REPORTEDLY “REPEATEDLY DENIED” by Sharon Rondeau (Jun. 6, 2019) — Earlier this week The Post & Email received a copy of a letter from Raymond Wright, an inmate at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville, TN, who has written to us previously about alleged deficiencies at the facility […]

Report: Assistant Warden “Working the Prison Pods”

Report:  Assistant Warden “Working the Prison Pods”

DUE TO ALLEGED SHORT-STAFFING by Sharon Rondeau (Jun. 5, 2019) — The Post & Email is in receipt of a letter from an inmate at Tennessee’s South Central Correction Facility (SCCF) reporting that short-staffing has caused the situation whereby “the Assistant warden is working the prison pods…and other various areas regularly assigned to corrections officers […]

Tennessee Inmates File Suit Against Parole Board, Alleging Arbitrary Detainment after Sentences Served

Tennessee Inmates File Suit Against Parole Board, Alleging Arbitrary Detainment after Sentences Served

CLASS ACTION ALLEGES FIFTH, EIGHTH AND FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT VIOLATIONS by Sharon Rondeau (May 20, 2019) — In February, a 58-page lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee by 14 inmates at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex (BCCX) alleging that the Tennessee Board of Parole is not adhering to […]

Tennessee Inmate Claims Discrimination on the Basis of Disability

Tennessee Inmate Claims Discrimination on the Basis of Disability

IS THE TDOC VIOLATING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT? by Sharon Rondeau (Apr. 23, 2019) — A letter received last week from an inmate at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville, TN reported, as he did last year, that with the arrival of spring, inmates with disabilities were hoping to be able to recreate […]

Another TTCC Inmate Fears for His Life

Another TTCC Inmate Fears for His Life

AND SAYS NOTHING WAS DONE TO PROTECT HIM by Sharon Rondeau (Apr. 10, 2019) — A letter received late last week from a Tennessee state inmate indicated fear for his life following what he said were “assaults, robberies and sexual assaults” at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville. According to scores, if not […]

TTCC Inmate Reports Failure of Staff to Respond to Emergency Calls

TTCC Inmate Reports Failure of Staff to Respond to Emergency Calls

“THIS COULD HAVE TURNED TRAGIC” by Sharon Rondeau (Mar. 31, 2019) — On Friday The Post & Email received a six-page mailing from Tennessee state inmate Dennis W. Martin, #157498, who is housed at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville. The letter, dated March 6, 2019, was addressed to the American Correctional Association […]

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 […]

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