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 […]

Tennessee: NWCX Inmate Reports Educational Staff “Cook the Books” for Federal Dollars

Tennessee:  NWCX Inmate Reports Educational Staff “Cook the Books” for Federal Dollars

“A DISGUSTING TREND” by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 7, 2019) — A letter received Tuesday from an inmate at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tiptonville, TN focuses on what he believes to be deceptive practices within the prison’s educational program. The inmate had recently written to us to report what he said is the “militarization” […]

Tennessee: NWCX Inmate Describes “Militarization” of Prison

Tennessee:  NWCX Inmate Describes “Militarization” of Prison

WHAT IS THE “STRIKE FORCE,” AND WHY IS IT THERE? by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 29, 2019) — A typewritten letter received Monday tells of harsh conditions at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in Tennessee’s northwest corner, echoing dozens of similar reports received by this publication over the last 4+ years. However, one element that is […]

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 […]

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 […]

Report: NWCX Inmate Murdered; TDOC, Local Press Silent

Report:  NWCX Inmate Murdered; TDOC, Local Press Silent

“BEATEN TO DEATH IN HIS CELL” by Sharon Rondeau, h/t MV (Mar. 24, 2019) — An inmate housed at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) in TiptonVille, TN was found deceased in his cell sometime before March 7, a Pennsylvania newspaper reported on Saturday. The article was published the same day on which The Post & […]

In Federal Lawsuit, Tennessee Inmate Claims Fear of Impending “Physical Injury”

In Federal Lawsuit, Tennessee Inmate Claims Fear of Impending “Physical Injury”

“STRIKING ME REPEATEDLY IN THE FACE WITH CLOSED FISTS” by Sharon Rondeau (Mar. 23, 2019) — An inmate at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) with whom The Post & Email has corresponded intermittently over the last two years has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) and a number of […]

Harmer Claims Law Violated due to Lack of “Reentry Services”

Harmer Claims Law Violated due to Lack of “Reentry Services”

“I’VE BEEN INCARCERATED FOR OVER 47 YEARS” by Sharon Rondeau (Feb. 28, 2019) — As was reported last week by this writer on “Nooganomics” hosted by David Tulis, longtime TDOC inmate Grenda Ray Harmer continues to request “transition,” or “reentry,” services based on the anticipated conclusion of his most recent 25-year sentence approximately one year […]

Harmer: Gang Members Populating Protective-Custody Area

Harmer:  Gang Members Populating Protective-Custody Area

ALONG WITH REPORTED PERSONAL THREAT by Sharon Rondeau (Feb. 22, 2019) — A copy of a memo received on Friday from TDOC inmate Grenda Ray Harmer reports that “a large number of gang members are now in Unit #1,” the Protective Custody (PC) unit of the Morgan County Correctional Complex (MCCX) in Wartburg, TN. The […]

Within One Year of Release, Harmer Requests Transition Services

Within One Year of Release, Harmer Requests Transition Services

“I WANT TO STAY ALIVE” by Sharon Rondeau (Feb. 16, 2019) — As this writer discussed on Thursday’s “Nooganomics” show with host David Tulis, TDOC inmate Grenda Ray Harmer believes he has been relegated to protective custody (PC) for more than 18 months, rather than transferred to general population (GP) at the earliest opportunity in […]

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