Report: Tennessee inmate on hunger strike after destruction of property; ‘You won’t be needing this’

Inmates in Tennessee's Morgan County prison are being mistreated. (Photo Tennessee Department of Corrections)

Inmates in Tennessee’s Morgan County prison are being mistreated. (Photo Tennessee Department of Corrections)

(Jun. 12, 2017) — On Monday, after receiving a well-sourced report that Tennessee state inmate Grenda Harmer had been relocated from the South Central Correctional Facility (SCCF) to the Morgan County Correctional Complex (MCCX) on June 3, we received a letter from Harmer detailing confiscation of his clothing and destruction of personal property.

By Sharon Rondeau /

The letter was written on the back of an MCCX memo dated June 6, 2017 bearing the subject line “CellInspection-REMINDER” because his supply of paper was reportedly confiscated by Morgan County correction officers.

In the first paragraph, Harmer reported that because of the treatment he received when first entering the new facility, he “went on a hunger strike.”

As he had reported occurred while he was at South Central, a pair of desert boots purchased with authorization from an institutional supplier, Union Supply, was taken by intake personnel with the explanation that “You can’t have them because they don’t sell them anymore.” Harmer described that as “a lie.”

“The only thing I was allowed to have was the clothes I’m wearing,” Harmer wrote, and reported that an intake corporal “refused to give me a bedroll and hygiene kit.” He added in parentheses, “Cameras will show I went to the Unit with only the clothes I’m wearing.”

He said that as he was taken to his new unit, he heard a correction officer say to another, “He’s a problem.  Take care of him.”

The Post & Email has received numerous reports of correction officers pummeling and punching inmates without cause and goading inmates to fight one another, apparently for sport.  We have been told that a Sgt. Cashmore is one of the worst correction-officer offenders, if not the worst.

Harmer additionally reported having to stand in pouring rain on two occasions on June 5, with a sergeant reportedly telling him afterward, “You can file your grievance. You can file your lawsuit. You can write the Commissioner. I don’t care! If you don’t want to get wet, don’t eat.”

Harmer described later events that day

Report: Inmate Grenda Harmer Relocated, Belongings Confiscated, Possible Threats Made


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