If you have a loved one who is housed at Turner Trousdale Correctional Facility, are housed at Trousdale, or are an employee at Trousdale and have concerns about abuse, neglect, internal conditions failure to provide health care, an unsafe environment, etc, then please contact us. We are working diligently to make the public, law-makers, and others aware of the internal state of the prison at this time in order to effect positive change. Communications will be kept confidential. If you are willing to share your story more publically in our ongoing advocacy work then please let us know. Email or write to us at 1004 Fowler Street, Old Hickory, TN 37138.



Article 1 Section 33 of the Tennessee Constitution reads: “That slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, are forever prohibited in this state.”  We the undersigned individuals and organizations believe that the time is long overdue for the State of Tennessee, and indeed the United States of America, to permanently abolish all forms of slavery with no exceptions.  To that end we call on the Tennessee Legislature, the Governor, and the citizens of Tennessee to amend Section 33 to henceforth read “That slavery and involuntary servitude are forever prohibited in this state.” The only moral response to slavery is abolition, and we refuse to continue to participate in this immoral order which is nothing short of a crime against humanity.


Children’s Defense Fund

Dawn Deaner, elected Public Defender Nashville

Gideon’s Army

Harriet Tubman House

H & S Farm

Human Rights Defense Center

Just City, Memphis

Mercy Junction,  Chattanooga

NAACP – Nashville Branch

No Exceptions Prison Collective

Open Table Nashville

Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth & Reconciliation

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

Add your name or organization in support of the #Amend33 campaign.


Ava DuVernay’s timely and compelling documentary, 13th, traces the history of American slavery history through chattel slavery, the convict lease system, Jim Crow, and today’s carceral slavery through mass incarceration. If you attended the October 26th Screening of 13th and Panel Discussion, you are invited to complete this survey.

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