Hardeman County Correctional Facility (HCCF), operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), in Whiteville came off lockdown on Thursday, December 13 after an inmate was killed early Wednesday, December 12.
Hardeman County Correctional Facility recently came off lockdown after an inmate died on Wednesday, December 12. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the official cause of death. TDOC Internal Affairs is currently investigating the incident.
Prison responders, Whiteville Police and the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Department responded to the situation Wednesday morning after prison insiders say an inmate was assaulted and killed by his cellmate. The names of the inmate who died and others involved have not been released by CCA or the Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC).
An official statement released by CCA on Wednesday stated facility staff responded to a “medical emergency” at 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12. After finding the inmate unresponsive, the medical staff administered life saving techniques but to no avail.
The statement read, in part, “facility staff responded to an inmate medical emergency in the G-A housing unit of the Hardeman County Correctional Facility, where they found a Tennessee state inmate unresponsive in his cell. Facility medical staff administered life-saving techniques until the arrival of EMS responders, who continued those efforts but were unable to revive the inmate.” The statement goes on to say, “per standard facility procedures, local law enforcement and Tennessee Department of Corrections officials were notified and are now onsite.”
The incident occurred in G-Unit of the prison and the inmates were immediately placed on lock-down, which restricted them to their cells with only escorted movement in the prison.
An autopsy is currently being conducted on the inmate to determine cause of death. Prison insiders say the inmate had his head repeatedly hit against the cell floor by his cellmate, which led to his death and that both men were already serving time for violent offenses.
The official statement from CCA states, “a cause of death has not been determined.”
The Tennessee Department of Corrections Internal Affairs is investigating the incident. HCCF is a 2,016 bed facility that is operated by CCA (with the corporate office in Nashville, Tennessee) under a contract with TDOC.