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Dept. of Corrections investigates 6 staff members

There are 30 comments on the WKRN-TV Nashville story from Sep 11, 2008, titled Dept. of Corrections investigates 6 staff members. In it, WKRN-TV Nashville reports that:

It was last month when the Department of Corrections got a tip from a confidential source alleging that staff and inmates at the Tennessee Prison for Women were involved in inappropriate relationships.

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Alana

United States

#1 Mar 28, 2009
I was in tennessee prison for women several times since 1989 and in my view there shouldnt be male guards in a womens prison at all. you got guards working units that have women that are half dressed and all and its not a place that should have men guards over seeing a female inmate
Tara

Greenbrier, AR

#2 May 1, 2009
My mom has been in there since 1988 and I totally agree with alana's thoughts. Guards should be female only for housing units. Males should only be allowed to work in certain areas of the prison grounds so that this crap doesn't happen.
But there was a female guard who was suspended. I wonder how far her involvement went???
OH well..
Gayle

Georgetown, KY

#3 Aug 15, 2009
I would like to know more about this incident. There has been only two comments. Where can I get information about this news article?
alana

United States

#4 Aug 15, 2009
i am looking for a girl that i was locked up with and she was in nashville and then went to memphis prison for women her name was donna thompson, she was a older woman and she worked in kitchen in nashville at the annex, if anyone knows how to reach her please let me know
Alecia

New Orleans, LA

#5 Sep 8, 2009
I just served the past 5 1/2 years in TPFW and the woman that was fired was the wife of one of the male officers fired. They was supplying cig. to the inmates and got caught. Alana, you can go to the prison website and search by Donna's name to find her. I can also write one of my associates and see what I can find out if you would like.
scared to deatlh

Mcminnville, TN

#6 Sep 14, 2009
Alecia wrote:
I just served the past 5 1/2 years in TPFW and the woman that was fired was the wife of one of the male officers fired. They was supplying cig. to the inmates and got caught. Alana, you can go to the prison website and search by Donna's name to find her. I can also write one of my associates and see what I can find out if you would like.
I may have to serve soon for embezzelment-I am 55 yrs old-will I be in the annex for non violent offenders and can you tell me about prison life and what to expect and can I take any personal items when I have to report. Thank you so much
alana

Charlotte, NC

#7 Sep 14, 2009
scared to deatlh wrote:
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I may have to serve soon for embezzelment-I am 55 yrs old-will I be in the annex for non violent offenders and can you tell me about prison life and what to expect and can I take any personal items when I have to report. Thank you so much
no you can not take personal items in they give you items and then you have a order list that you are given and there is some books you can have family order from or you can do it and it come off you money that you have on your books, it isnt as bad as people make you think it is there, you carry yourself well and let it be known that you arent gonna be ran over by and you arent scared that you can stand your own and no one will mess with you but if you go up in there with a scared attitude then you mine as well be prepared to be messed with, alot fo the girls have the attitude that they have been there a long time and run that place but they are no differnt than you and dont run anything they have a number just like you and you handle your business dont let them handle it for you, dont talk about any of them cause some of those girls are snakes and will run tell everything you say, but you will have to be a main compound til you are reclassed to annex and that is all depending on what your score is, main thing is dont get into anything and that keeps that score low, try to go to memphis if you can its so laid back and so easy and the annex is wonderful to be locked up at, you are in your own area and got your own space and they go out to work every day it has a beautiful lake around it well pond a large pond with ducks and stuff its so relaxing and doesnt make you feel like your actually in prison, its a little wild down there but you will not feel so much like your in prison as you will feel at TPW i hated TPW and took it on to memphis and i loved it as far as doing my time locked up, your not so stressed and confined as you are in nashville, its right in heart of memphis and the downtown is right where you can see it, trust me i did 2 years there and i did it with peace of mind and never felt stressed you have alot more freedom i wish you luck and remember just keep your nose clean and you will be ok. parole board is alot easier to meet there then at TPW, that board at TPW is a hard a.... officer and he dont believe in giving you a second change.
alana

Charlotte, NC

#8 Sep 14, 2009
to be as old as you are i would highly advise you to go to memphis and once you get there tell them you wanna go to annex and they will move you within 2 days and then you are easy street the rest of the way, you will ove it you have shower stalls with curtains and you arent showering out in public like you do on main and you have a hugh dorm and its sectioned off for each stall and in that stall you have your bed, cabinet, dest and a small area its all ours and a wall that seperates you off so you have your own private area, trust me at your age you will ove it alot better, they do not even have fence around it like TPW has and you can go out when ever you want til dark you dont have to ask or none of that mess you have a guard , ONE that sits out there and that is it they talk to you like you are a real person and not a inmate they are all laid back there i worked on arrlington public works and the state building and i lovedd it i left every day at 730 adn didnt come back til 4 that evening and its great by the time you get in and shower its time to relax and go to bed, TPW has to many wild young ones there and alot of them are shit stirring and its to much on a older persons nerves, feel free to email me anytime if you have any questions or concerns i promise i wouldnt stear you wrong, i have been thre and not just once but several times and i know the worries you have i had the same ones. here is my email address if you wanna email me. [email protected] feel free to anytime. i will be glad to help you with any concerns you have
Alecia

United States

#9 Sep 14, 2009
scared to deatlh wrote:
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I may have to serve soon for embezzelment-I am 55 yrs old-will I be in the annex for non violent offenders and can you tell me about prison life and what to expect and can I take any personal items when I have to report. Thank you so much
Don't be scared. You would be surprised by some of the people there. Not all of them are there for bad things. They just got caught up in something they had no business doing. I just left the annex in Nashville. It is totally different compared to the main compound. There are 4 open bays in dorm 5 which have 18 beds in each room. They also have dorm 4 which is where everyone moves to after a little time. I spent 5 years and 3 months on the main compound and 3 months at the annex. It is so much freedom and after being on the main, it was hard for me to adapt. The yard is always open and there are benches and picnic tables everywhere. You can sit right beside the street, grill out with your family. The yard on the main is only open for an hour. At the Annex you are able to walk to work which is down the street or if you get on landscaping you go down the interstate and mow. It was a nice way to get readjusted to society for me. You can bring certain items in with you when you come in, but only white shoes(whatever brand you want), white t-shirts, gray jogging pants, socks, panties. Officer Rice is over property and you can call the prison and ask the quantity. Cpl. Morse and Off. Whooten is in intake, they can also tell you. A lot of the county jails have put a stop on bring property with you, so it's at their discretion. If your county doesn't mind the prison will let you. You can bring stud earrings, necklace, and watch. You can not bring an hygiene, you have to buy that off commissary. Union Supply is where you will get all your other supplies once you get there. They have a catalog to show you what you can order. You will go to Unit 3 for no longer than 1 month as soon as you get there. You have to get a phone list and put all the # you want on it and turn it in, commissary too. Just ask somebody they will show you where everything is. Read all the inmate memos,which will be hung on a board or in a folder, so you can get to know what's going on around you. You will go through orientation, fire and safety, medical evaluations and sitting in a room most of the day. Unit 3 is made up of A pod-special needs and new admissions,B pod-administrative max inmates,C pod-closed custody and punitive seg,D pod-new admissions. You will get one hour outside in a cage with all the other new admissions. All meals are served out of the little kitchen over there. Ms. Magee and Ms. Biggers will be the ones to classify you. If your score is low enough they will send you to the annex. Don't be afraid to ask them anything. You must speak up when it comes to your time, nobody else cares how you do it. There are a lot of beds open at the Annex right now, so if they classify you there you will go that day as soon as you leave Unit 3. Nashville main is a max facility and Memphis main is a minimum restrict even though both places house all custody levels. The annex for both places is for minimum direct and trustee. I hope this has helped you a little bit. One last thing, time is time regardless of where you are. The secret to time is you got to find your groove in things and adapt to your surroundings. You can make it easy or hard, it's all about how you handle every situation handed to you. I hope to hear back from you and please keep me updated.
alana

Charlotte, NC

#10 Sep 14, 2009
Alecia wrote:
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Don't be scared. You would be surprised by some of the people there. Not all of them are there for bad things. They just got caught up in something they had no business doing. I just left the annex in Nashville. It is totally different compared to the main compound. There are 4 open bays in dorm 5 which have 18 beds in each room. They also have dorm 4 which is where everyone moves to after a little time. I spent 5 years and 3 months on the main compound and 3 months at the annex. It is so much freedom and after being on the main, it was hard for me to adapt. The yard is always open and there are benches and picnic tables everywhere. You can sit right beside the street, grill out with your family. The yard on the main is only open for an hour. At the Annex you are able to walk to work which is down the street or if you get on landscaping you go down the interstate and mow. It was a nice way to get readjusted to society for me. You can bring certain items in with you when you come in, but only white shoes(whatever brand you want), white t-shirts, gray jogging pants, socks, panties. Officer Rice is over property and you can call the prison and ask the quantity. Cpl. Morse and Off. Whooten is in intake, they can also tell you. A lot of the county jails have put a stop on bring property with you, so it's at their discretion. If your county doesn't mind the prison will let you. You can bring stud earrings, necklace, and watch. You can not bring an hygiene, you have to buy that off commissary. Union Supply is where you will get all your other supplies once you get there. They have a catalog to show you what you can order. You will go to Unit 3 for no longer than 1 month as soon as you get there. You have to get a phone list and put all the # you want on it and turn it in, commissary too. Just ask somebody they will show you where everything is. Read all the inmate memos,which will be hung on a board or in a folder, so you can get to know what's going on around you. You will go through orientation, fire and safety, medical evaluations and sitting in a room most of the day. Unit 3 is made up of A pod-special needs and new admissions,B pod-administrative max inmates,C pod-closed custody and punitive seg,D pod-new admissions. You will get one hour outside in a cage with all the other new admissions. All meals are served out of the little kitchen over there. Ms. Magee and Ms. Biggers will be the ones to classify you. If your score is low enough they will send you to the annex. Don't be afraid to ask them anything. You must speak up when it comes to your time, nobody else cares how you do it. There are a lot of beds open at the Annex right now, so if they classify you there you will go that day as soon as you leave Unit 3. Nashville main is a max facility and Memphis main is a minimum restrict even though both places house all custody levels. The annex for both places is for minimum direct and trustee. I hope this has helped you a little bit. One last thing, time is time regardless of where you are. The secret to time is you got to find your groove in things and adapt to your surroundings. You can make it easy or hard, it's all about how you handle every situation handed to you. I hope to hear back from you and please keep me updated.
the old saying is that you have to do the time and not let the time do you and with that in mind then you will be just fine
alana

Charlotte, NC

#11 Sep 14, 2009
The old saying is " You have to do the time and not let the time do you" and if you can do that , then you will be just fine. i promise.
Alecia

United States

#12 Sep 14, 2009
alana wrote:
The old saying is " You have to do the time and not let the time do you" and if you can do that , then you will be just fine. i promise.
You're right Alana that is the old saying but as you and I both know they don't always understand that saying until they touch down and see what it is about. Some people can't manage doing time trying to live on the inside and keeping there mind on the outside, others let the outside keep them afloat. I don't believe anybody can tell the next person how to do their time, but I do believe having a heads up of what they are about to face makes the beginning process easier. I didn't have a clue what I was stepping into and I wish I had something like this to help me out. By the way, I looked up Donna for you she is on community corrections at Upper Cumberland Human Resources. The website I told you about is inmate locator. You will have to enter the state of your choice and it will take you to it.
Alecia

United States

#13 Sep 14, 2009
I almost forgot there are 2 other Donna's so she might not be the one I told you about , but the others are exp and I think paroled.
alana

Charlotte, NC

#14 Sep 15, 2009
Alecia wrote:
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You're right Alana that is the old saying but as you and I both know they don't always understand that saying until they touch down and see what it is about. Some people can't manage doing time trying to live on the inside and keeping there mind on the outside, others let the outside keep them afloat. I don't believe anybody can tell the next person how to do their time, but I do believe having a heads up of what they are about to face makes the beginning process easier. I didn't have a clue what I was stepping into and I wish I had something like this to help me out. By the way, I looked up Donna for you she is on community corrections at Upper Cumberland Human Resources. The website I told you about is inmate locator. You will have to enter the state of your choice and it will take you to it.
yes i know what you are talking about they didnt have this here when i went in the first time, i went in 8 months pregant and man talk about scared and then had to have my baby there too, it was something i will never forget, yea donna lived somewhere up past knoxville i think, she had met a man that was in the governors office and was due to marry him, i was so happy for her when i heard she was leaving there, her ex husband had really gotten her into some messes she was a wonderful girl, you can met some real nice people in there but then again you can really see meaness that you could never imagion that anyone person could have in them, its a real experience but its what you make of the situation i suppose some people can never adjust and i know it was hard the first time for me too but i wouldnt have that life back again that i had back then its hard to look back now and even see me there, but i have learned alot from the past mistakes and i wouldnt trade my life now for back then for anything in the world.
Alecia

United States

#15 Sep 15, 2009
alana wrote:
<quoted text>yes i know what you are talking about they didnt have this here when i went in the first time, i went in 8 months pregant and man talk about scared and then had to have my baby there too, it was something i will never forget, yea donna lived somewhere up past knoxville i think, she had met a man that was in the governors office and was due to marry him, i was so happy for her when i heard she was leaving there, her ex husband had really gotten her into some messes she was a wonderful girl, you can met some real nice people in there but then again you can really see meaness that you could never imagion that anyone person could have in them, its a real experience but its what you make of the situation i suppose some people can never adjust and i know it was hard the first time for me too but i wouldnt have that life back again that i had back then its hard to look back now and even see me there, but i have learned alot from the past mistakes and i wouldnt trade my life now for back then for anything in the world.
I agree 100%. I can't believe my life made the turn it did and I'm so grateful that all that is behind me now. Even though I live with the memory of it everyday. I bet you was terrified pregnant and in prison. Was you able to go home shortly after you had the baby? I think that has to be the worst feeling above all the emotions of being locked up. I'm sorry you had to experience that. I'm glad that Donna is doing good. I come out to nothing and having to rebuild everything from scratch over again. I'm getting it together but it is a slow process. I keep telling myself that I'm better than I was a month ago and the most important is I'm surrounded by my family and that is better than anything I can imagine.
scared to deatlh

Mcminnville, TN

#16 Sep 16, 2009
Thank you for responding to me. I wish you would give me your email address so that I can email you with my concerns and questions.Mine is: [email protected]

Thanks so much,
Scared to death
Alecia

United States

#17 Sep 16, 2009
scared to deatlh wrote:
Thank you for responding to me. I wish you would give me your email address so that I can email you with my concerns and questions.Mine is: [email protected]
Thanks so much,
Scared to death
I sent you an email.
alana

Charlotte, NC

#18 Sep 16, 2009
Alecia wrote:
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I agree 100%. I can't believe my life made the turn it did and I'm so grateful that all that is behind me now. Even though I live with the memory of it everyday. I bet you was terrified pregnant and in prison. Was you able to go home shortly after you had the baby? I think that has to be the worst feeling above all the emotions of being locked up. I'm sorry you had to experience that. I'm glad that Donna is doing good. I come out to nothing and having to rebuild everything from scratch over again. I'm getting it together but it is a slow process. I keep telling myself that I'm better than I was a month ago and the most important is I'm surrounded by my family and that is better than anything I can imagine.
yes family is what keeps you going and no i didnt get to come home til the baby was 6 months old my mother came and got him but shorly after i had him i was moved to what was then chattanooga workrelease center but they have closed that down now we no longer have that but at that time it was 2 miles from where i live now so that was what made it alot better back then it was a place where men and women were locked up together and go out to work real lais back place but naturally that was to much like easy so they shut it down, look a word of advise, dont ever think that you cant make it cause some days are really hard just think back at tpw and remember that if you dont push on and just hang in there that u could end up back there and that along should make u just push harder every day, its one of those things you have to take each day as it goes and trust me i know first hand some days seem the worse but it does get better i pormise you that you just cant let the worse get the best of you and just keep trying no matter how hard it gets. keep in touch with me and if you ever need to talk just email me im always on here everyday one time or the other and i will help you out
alana

Charlotte, NC

#19 Sep 16, 2009
scared to deatlh wrote:
Thank you for responding to me. I wish you would give me your email address so that I can email you with my concerns and questions.Mine is: [email protected]
Thanks so much,
Scared to death
email address is [email protected]
Alecia

United States

#20 Sep 16, 2009
alana wrote:
<quoted text>yes family is what keeps you going and no i didnt get to come home til the baby was 6 months old my mother came and got him but shorly after i had him i was moved to what was then chattanooga workrelease center but they have closed that down now we no longer have that but at that time it was 2 miles from where i live now so that was what made it alot better back then it was a place where men and women were locked up together and go out to work real lais back place but naturally that was to much like easy so they shut it down, look a word of advise, dont ever think that you cant make it cause some days are really hard just think back at tpw and remember that if you dont push on and just hang in there that u could end up back there and that along should make u just push harder every day, its one of those things you have to take each day as it goes and trust me i know first hand some days seem the worse but it does get better i pormise you that you just cant let the worse get the best of you and just keep trying no matter how hard it gets. keep in touch with me and if you ever need to talk just email me im always on here everyday one time or the other and i will help you out
Thank you so much for your supportive words and listening ear. I can't even explain how much that means to me. I will taking you upon that. My family don't really understand and it's not exactly something that is explainable. I will send you an email so you can have my address also. Was the Chattanooga camp changed into the Johnson City Work Camp? I know you was so happy to be reunited with your baby. I'm so glad that it wasn't longer. What is the longest time that you have done at once? When it was time for you to come home was your anxiety high? I cried the entire 1st day. I'm still nervous when I go into places and I've been out almost a month. I appreciate you and I hope you have a great day. Thanks again!

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