A recent press release from the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), violent assaults are still on the rise in Tennessee prisons – but they are no longer being reported in the same way or to the same degree:
According to a TDOC employee who contacted HRDC on February 19, 2013 but did not want to be identified due to fear of retaliation,
In order to make it appear that assaults on staff and inmates are not increasing, Commissioner Schofield … has ordered wardens to reduce the number of incidents reported on TOMIS by changing the code of how an incident is documented. For example, a report filed on TOMIS documenting an assault on staff will still report an assault on a staff member within the body of the report; however, the incident will not be coded as an assault on staff thereby cleansing the data so that assaults appear to be down or steady rather than increasing as they actually are.
Read the full press release here.