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 Claims Drugs “Easier to Get” in Prison than “on the Street”

Tennessee Inmate Claims Drugs “Easier to Get” in Prison than “on the Street”

AND GANG ACTIVITY RAMPANT by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 6, 2020) — A letter received Saturday alleges that the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX) remains a dangerous prison in which gangs dictate daily routines and extortion payments, reportedly with the knowledge and consent of correction officers. The author of the letter requested that his name be withheld […]

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 […]

Do Tennesseans Know About This Law?

Do Tennesseans Know About This Law?

ULTIMATELY, WHO PAYS? by Sharon Rondeau (Dec. 14, 2019) — The Post & Email recently received a mailing from TDOC inmate Michael Stitts, #213173, informing us of a statute of which we had been previously unaware which allows the TDOC to collect court costs on behalf of the State of Tennessee. The assessed fees are […]

Tennessee: Harmer Calls for Investigation into Alleged Prison Mental-Health-Services Fraud

Tennessee:  Harmer Calls for Investigation into Alleged Prison Mental-Health-Services Fraud

AFTER COMPELLED PARTICIPATION by Sharon Rondeau (Dec. 6, 2019) — A letter received on Friday from TDOC inmate Grenda Ray Harmer, #88710, alleges a scheme on the part of TDOC Commissioner Tony Parker to compel inmates to obtain mental-health counseling, whether or not they have been evaluated as requiring it, to enrich the prison service-provider, […]

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 […]

CoreCivic Abuses Prisoner

CoreCivic Abuses Prisoner

“CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT” by Robert Z. Whipple, III, ©2019 (Oct. 23, 2019) — [Editor’s Note:  The following email was sent to TDOC Commissioner Tony Parker; TDOC Communications Director Neysa Taylor; CoreCivic CEO Damon Hininger and other company officials; and more than a dozen members of the media, including this reporter. CoreCivic, formerly Corrections Corporation […]

Tennessee Inmate Reports Forced “Mental Health” Class

Tennessee Inmate Reports Forced “Mental Health” Class

IS “MORE FUNDING” THE REASON? by Sharon Rondeau (Oct. 14, 2019) — Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) Grenda Ray Harmer, an inmate at the state’s Morgan County Correctional Complex (MCCX) who has communicated with The Post & Email for approximately three years, reported in an October 7, 2019 letter to Gov. Bill Lee that he […]

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 […]

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