More Tennessee jail inmates moved after weight loss, poor treatment claims
Dec 18, 2009 at 12:00 AM
Over the past three months, federal authorities have been moving inmates out of a Middle Tennessee jail over claims the prisoners were underfed or otherwise mistreated. Officials with the Robertson County Detention Facility in Springfield, a new jail that opened in July, insist they treat prisoners humanely, meet calorie requirements for meals and have made changes since the first complaints arose in court in September. Still, new complaints have emerged, and more inmates have been transferred to other jails as recently as last week. Without trying, Reza Koushkbaghi, who was imprisoned on drug charges, claims he lost 10 pounds in his first two months as a federal prisoner there. Convicted bank robber Tellis T. Williams told a judge he lost at least 10 pounds in his first two weeks in the jail. Others told similar stories in court of being served spoiled food, made to bathe in moldy showers and not getting timely medical treatment.