Sullivan county Jail
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Angry

Creston, NC

#1 Apr 29, 2008
I have recentally had the misfortune of having someone in my family incarcerated in the Sullivan county jail. The deputys (or guards) at the main jail are the rudest people I have ever had to deal with in my life. I am not the one in custody, I did not do anything wrong but I was treated like a criminal. I have heard from other people in Sullivan Co. that if you have a family member or friend in jail that you are treated like a piece of trash. I didn't belive them until my experience. Maybe these guards should be given a course in how to treat the general public. The guards at the extention however were polite and as helpful as their position allowed them to be. I also visited the sherrifs dept and found everyone i encountered there to be very nice and helpful. I am wondering if Sullivan County main jail guards are giving all Sullivan County employees a bad name. I hope never to have to deal with them again.
Cartman

Abingdon, VA

#2 Apr 30, 2008
I run into both good and bad when visiting at the jail you need to get the names of those invovled and report them to Wayne Anderson he will crack the whip.
Marie

Sevierville, TN

#3 May 1, 2008
I have a family member in the Sullivan County jail on the hill .They are not feeding them good.They are mean to the inmates .That is not fair .They are paying for the crime they did .
Bobbi

Cleveland, TN

#4 May 1, 2008
I have never had a problem with the jail or the officers until last year. A friend got pulled over near my house and he had a Va. license. Due to a paperwork problem with the Va. DMV his license were suspended (for not having insurance) and he didn't even know it. He did have insurance. they told him since he was out of state he would have to go to jail.

So the next morning when he's bailed out he told us about the wonderful cop that pulled him over. The cop noticed the mess in the back of his car and made some kind of remark about it. yes, it was full of trash and other misc. crap but it's his mess. then he saw a bunch of peanut butter cracker wrappers and pop tart wrappers and candy wrappers and the cop called him a pop tart eating SOB. then he goes to handcuff him and the cuffs won't fit so the other cop (backup had arrived by then) said he had some larger ones and the first cop said not to bother, he would make them fit. so this A-hole sqweezes the crap out of this kid's (he's 22....i call em all kids) wrists and forces the cuffs on. i saw the marks the next day. there's no excuse for that. this boy was not resisting. he was not being a smart @ss. no, i wasn't there but i know this kid and he's not that way.
then they go to the jail and the cop that was doing the fingerprinting was being nice and making small talk when this other @ss butts in with insults.

now, i'm wanting to call anderson and tell him he needs to teach his cops some manners but the kid doesn't want me too. he was already ashamed enough by just getting arrested. but i think the sheriff should know. turns out this was just a mix up in paper work. for some reason the DMV had suspended the license of the whole family because their insurance co. reported that they hadn't paid. his mom has the proof that it was paid and always is paid so the judge tossed it all out.

i know there's people that deserve to be in jail. i know theres people that mouth off to the cops and i say give it right back to them. but when you have somebody out there with no record and being respectful theres no excuse for a cop to speak to them that way.
you give some people a badge and they think their crap don't stink anymore and they can treat people any way they want.

it's been almost a year but i'm still wanting to call anderson.
Cartman

Abingdon, VA

#5 May 1, 2008
You need to contact COP WATCH or the Tennesse Department of Corrections Jail Inspectors
Rather not say

Bristol, TN

#6 Jun 7, 2008
I, unfortunately, DID have to spend 30 hours in the Sullivan county jail. I was in custody from 3:ooish in the afternoon in the police officer's car, so when I Finally got to jail, Two hours later, I had missed dinner, if you want to call it that. More like slop!!! I told them I was hungry, but nothing. I had to wash w/ a rinse to kill lice (standard procedure) and could only towel dry my hair. Not much of a prob. EXCEPT the damn cell was FREEZING. I bet it was 55 or not any warmer than 60 degrees. I didn't get a pillow. I got one sorry, flimsy little "blanket". Needless to say, I froze all night. I just thank GOD I was bailed out the next day. Some of the girls in there told me HORROR stories of what they had been through, while staying there. There was one gaurd who was just GOD AWFUL!!! A nasty person who should never get to be around other people. That's right, I said it. Those inmates are people too, and treating them like animals only reinforces their problems.

In a perfect world, complaining to a higher up WOULD do some good. In the Sullivan County Jail world, I have my doubts!
Rather not say

Bristol, TN

#7 Jun 7, 2008
oh, just to give an example as to How cold it really was, the inmates were using their canteen money to PURCHASE from the jail, long underwear and pillows. Every girl in there had done so, but for new arrivals and people who don't stay long enough to recieve money and canteen, they are just s.o.l.!
Suggestion

Johnson City, TN

#8 Jun 8, 2008
Rather not say wrote:
oh, just to give an example as to How cold it really was, the inmates were using their canteen money to PURCHASE from the jail, long underwear and pillows. Every girl in there had done so, but for new arrivals and people who don't stay long enough to recieve money and canteen, they are just s.o.l.!
I have a solution for you....OBEY THE LAW. Then you won't have to worry about jail conditions.
Discovery

Kingsport, TN

#9 Jun 9, 2008
Jail is meant to be punishment. How sad that you had to miss a meal and spent a chilly night. You should have spent that time reflecting on what irresponsible action put you there instead of crying over being hungry and uncomfotable for a night. Wah, wah, wah.
Hold on

Ooltewah, TN

#10 Jun 15, 2008
These people may have broken the law, but they are human too...they do not deserve to be treated like this! I hope your candy ass never has to spend a day in jail for something that you have done, I bet you wouldn't make it an hour and you would be crying. No one deserves to be treated like crap, yes, jail is punishment, but no, they don't deserve to be talked to like that, and starved to death, and left cold, maybe if you would get off your ass and get a job and help pay some taxes to fund the jail, they may get a decent bologna sandwich.
new yankee order

AOL

#11 Jun 16, 2008
Suggestion wrote:
<quoted text>
I have a solution for you....OBEY THE LAW. Then you won't have to worry about jail conditions.
I take criminal justice classes and treating people like crap in jail gets you no where and could get your ass kicked jail is not meant to be cozy but you must be human to people and show business like professionalism to them also breaking the law is very easy to get into this day in age and for you to say obey the law I hope you get fucked up the ass in jail may be you will see both sides of the fence
new yankee order

AOL

#12 Jun 16, 2008
Discovery wrote:
Jail is meant to be punishment. How sad that you had to miss a meal and spent a chilly night. You should have spent that time reflecting on what irresponsible action put you there instead of crying over being hungry and uncomfotable for a night. Wah, wah, wah.
go to jail one time it is easy to get in to also with the price of things going up you may see your self in there
new yankee order

AOL

#13 Jun 16, 2008
my coment are this people getting in trouble with the law are good people who made a bad decission also that lack of skills wrong place at the wrong time to what ever the case. I would say that jails are soppose to obey the law as tax payers we should demand it also when an inmate arrives at the jail intake they should be treated humanly not like an animal also anwser their questions peraining to bail the process medical their rights dos and don'ts also allow them their phone call and putting misdeanors with misdeanors and felonies with felonies . None of this being rude crap acting badass to inmates or talking trash to them and or depriving them of things. That is maybe why Sullivan County Jail is pretty voilent.
Cop

Bristol, VA

#14 Jun 16, 2008
new yankee order wrote:
<quoted text>I take criminal justice classes and treating people like crap in jail gets you no where and could get your ass kicked jail is not meant to be cozy but you must be human to people and show business like professionalism to them also breaking the law is very easy to get into this day in age and for you to say obey the law I hope you get fucked up the ass in jail may be you will see both sides of the fence
Where do you take criminal justice classes?
You sound like a joke with what you just said. I do not believe you are truly able to take classes with your attitude toward the law. YOU HAVE A LOT TO LEARN ABOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT . EVIDENTLY YOU NEED SOME TYPE OF EVALUATION SAYING IT IS EASY TO BREAK THE LAW. I HOPE EVERYBODY STAYS AWAY FROM YOU IF YOU ARE EVEN THINKING OF BECOMING A OFFICER, YOU WILL NEVER MAKE IT THERE DUDE
Officer Joe

Ooltewah, TN

#15 Jun 17, 2008
Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago
started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches,
is not one bit sympathetic. He said Wednesday that he told all of
the inmates:'It's 120 Degrees In Iraq And Our
Soldiers Are Living In Tents Too, And They Have To Wear Full Battle
Gear,
But They Didn't Commit Any Crimes, So Shut Your Mouths!'
Way to go Joe!
Cop wrote:
<quoted text>
Where do you take criminal justice classes?
You sound like a joke with what you just said. I do not believe you are truly able to take classes with your attitude toward the law. YOU HAVE A LOT TO LEARN ABOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT . EVIDENTLY YOU NEED SOME TYPE OF EVALUATION SAYING IT IS EASY TO BREAK THE LAW. I HOPE EVERYBODY STAYS AWAY FROM YOU IF YOU ARE EVEN THINKING OF BECOMING A OFFICER, YOU WILL NEVER MAKE IT THERE DUDE
do the crime do ur time

Bristol, VA

#16 Jun 18, 2008
Officer Joe wrote:
Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago
started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches,
is not one bit sympathetic. He said Wednesday that he told all of
the inmates:'It's 120 Degrees In Iraq And Our
Soldiers Are Living In Tents Too, And They Have To Wear Full Battle
Gear,
But They Didn't Commit Any Crimes, So Shut Your Mouths!'
Way to go Joe!
<quoted text>
WTF?
new yankee order

AOL

#17 Jun 19, 2008
All this toughness sounds good but people make mistakes also people do things in life they do not think they are capapble of doing . I am not saying let the inmates order off the menu make them farm their own food treat them with respect do not act like biilybob bad ass toward them or try to prevoke violents against them if they are trouble makers deal with them according to policy if they are behaved give them a way to help them get the skills they need to not end up back in jail.
Discovery

Kingsport, TN

#19 Jun 20, 2008
new yankee order wrote:
<quoted text>go to jail one time it is easy to get in to also with the price of things going up you may see your self in there
Guess what? I did spend time there. I spent time crying constantly over what I did to get me there and listeneing to the other people talk about how they couldn't wait to go back to there old ways of drugs and crime. I left there and the first thing I did was sit down and make quite a long list of things that disgusted me and things I hated about being there. I also made a list of things I appreciate when I got out. LESSON LEARNED. Their harsh treatment of me made me determined to NEVER end up there agina.
Discovery

Kingsport, TN

#20 Jun 20, 2008
Hold on wrote:
These people may have broken the law, but they are human too...they do not deserve to be treated like this! I hope your candy ass never has to spend a day in jail for something that you have done, I bet you wouldn't make it an hour and you would be crying. No one deserves to be treated like crap, yes, jail is punishment, but no, they don't deserve to be talked to like that, and starved to death, and left cold, maybe if you would get off your ass and get a job and help pay some taxes to fund the jail, they may get a decent bologna sandwich.
Excuse me, I do have a job and I pay taxes. You are right though, my "candy ass" cried within the first hour I was there. I cried over being stupid enough to land myself in a JAIL filled with the low lifes that inhabit that horrible place. The ones that continue to mess up their lives over and over and end up there. Maybe if it were a little more harsh they would at some point figure out it isn't worth it to live that way. Isn't that what it's supposed to be about? By the way, I am in no way a saint now, so don't think you are talking to some born again Christian that does no wrong. Just someone that let a harsh time affect them in a positive way. Yep the food sucked, it was cold in there, I slept on the floor basically. I knew the whole time I deserved it for what I did.
Maggie

Bluff City, TN

#21 Jun 20, 2008
Officer Joe wrote:
Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago
started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches,
is not one bit sympathetic. He said Wednesday that he told all of
the inmates:'It's 120 Degrees In Iraq And Our
Soldiers Are Living In Tents Too, And They Have To Wear Full Battle
Gear,
But They Didn't Commit Any Crimes, So Shut Your Mouths!'
Way to go Joe!
<quoted text>
i love that guy!

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