By Beth Haycraft
Michael Wayne Haycraft was transported to the Turney Center Industrial Complex (TCIX) April 13, 2018, after denial of parole for the third time on April 10, 2018. Michael has been in protective custody (p/c) since October 5, 2017, after wrongful dismissal from Therapeutic Community (TCom); he was 14-16 days away from graduation. I have power of attorney for Michael and requested copies of his progress notes from the program but was denied. He has requested the ability to review his documentation but as of this writing that has not happened.
On April 15, 2018, Michael was instructed to pack his belongings to be moved to Unit 4B. Michael stated that he would be placed in danger in that housing unit due to gang members being housed there. STG Coordinator Clint Zyla had spoken with Michael in May (time approximate) and verified that the Vice Lords and Crips had a kill on sight order against Michael. Zyla told Michael that there was no prison in Tennessee he could be placed that he would not be in p/c. Zyla also verified that Michael had been assaulted in 2000 while at South Central which resulted in knife injuries. Michael was told by an officer at TCIX that he could either go willing or forcibly to Unit 4B.
Michael carried his property to Unit 4B but was so weak from 8 months on being locked down 23-24 hours a day he stated he almost passed out. He was placed in a cell 129 in Unit 4B. Michael was warned by Cpl. Walters that the inmate in the cell had deviant sexual behaviors toward medical staff. Within minutes of being in the cell, the other inmate told Michael that he could not cell with a Caucasian. Michael relayed this information to Cpl. Walters who told Michael she had no other place in the unit to house him. She moved Michael back to 5D.
Michael did not receive his property following the move back to 5D. He later received a Class C write up for refusing cell assignment even though he did not refuse the assignment. A document notifying of the write up was placed under his door with ‘refused to sign’ circled; no one asked Michael to sign the document. Michael had a disciplinary hearing June 18, 2018 and was given a verbal warning; the charge should have been dismissed due to improper procedure. He was not given any documentation to appeal the decision. Michael has been denied any property since June 15, 2018, which includes hygiene and religious materials.
Over the weekend, Michael asked numerous times for his Bible and was denied. At the time of this writing, he is wearing the same clothing since June 15, 2018. It was told to Michael that Unit Manager David Gary had ordered that Michael was not to have any property and was placed on property restriction until he agrees to go to Unit 4B. This is causing an increase in mental health symptoms. Michael was told by counselor Susan Glass in May to send notification to Mental Health any time there was an increase in symptoms. Michael has sent two 2-way requests since June 15, 2018, and has not seen Mental Health at the time of this writing. This is unacceptable on any level. To place Michael in a housing unit with gang members is reckless endangerment, deliberate indifference and cruelty to a mentally ill inmate.