How can I?

Thoughts on Paper: How Can I?

How can I hope for a change when no one else notices anything wrong with their conditions? I cannot try to bring upon a social revolution nor an economic change if everyone’s content with where they stand. How could I succeed?

It pains me that when I speak upon my dream and vision for revolution no one else (out of the other 20 people I am around in the hole) agrees with my thoughts. Continue reading

Visitation blues

In the lobby, Sunday morning visitation

Person 1, seated and waiting: What happened to all the rest of the benches in here?

Person 2, who sat down next to him: I don’t know.

P1: There used to be two or three more long benches.

P2: Now there’s no place for more people to sit down. You got to stand.Any more people come in here and they got to stand.

P1: And they want you here early (the sign says to arrive 30 minutes before a scheduled visit, which lasts only 20 minutes).

P2: Yeah, so people be standing longer.

P1: And then they got this mess going on outside, and no explanation for it. (Orange fencing extends around the front of the jail. There is a contractor’s name on it, but no explanation of the project)

P2: Oh, this fence? Yeah, what’s that all about?

P1: Beats me. And the officer at the desk didn’t know, either. And he didn’t know how long it would be up.

P2: (Shakes head)

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We remember Matthew McCain

Six months ago today Matthew McCain died in his cell at the Durham County jail. We want to take a moment to say that he will not be forgotten by those who loved him, and by those in the jail who still write about him. We know he would still be here today if not for the inadequate medical care provided at the jail. To this point, the jail and Correct Care Solutions have escaped accountability.

A survey done by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care pointed out four essential standards the jail fell short on—including caring for detainees with long-term illness—and even the county health department’s review resulted in recommendation for changes.   In the meantime, we have gotten word that the detention officer on duty at the time of Matt’s death and who reportedly ignored pleas for help, Erick Boria, has been promoted. And the sheriff’s department has very publicly conducted detainee baptisms, but neither Mike Andrews nor Natalie Perkins has ever apologized to Matt’s kin.

With the very public, high-profile deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in the news and on people’s minds, it is very important to remember others who are victims of state-sanctioned murder and severe neglect. The jail (or prison) and its backers seek to render its captives invisible. But they are not invisible and they are not forgotten.

Rest in peace, Matthew McCain.Banana pudding

‘Ask for t.p., it takes five hours to get…’

Hi,

How are things going for you? I’m doing the best I can in here. Been here 1 and ½ months. I have a 3 million dollar bond. For drug charges. Highest in the women’s pod. Why is that? Fuckin’ crazy. My lawyer said I’m looking at decades for my charges. Cops said I had — kg of meth. Wow, if you think about it, you’ll know where that number came from , they are saying that is meth. So my whole life may be fucked cause of that. Otherwise, most c.o.’s are ok, a few are assholes, ask for t.p. and it takes five hours to get, or denied to make a sick call, as I watch the same c.o. I asked let two women out of cells to pass shit to another cell. Amazing that medical call is last to passing fucking bullshit from cell to cell.

Take care, my friends. Keep your head up.

C.L.

Thoughts from a rebel: Crime and its effects

Friday, July 1, 2016 2:35 a.m.

Take a look through a different point of view, with a glimpse into the frame of mind, and maybe the masses will have a better understanding on how, why, who and where crime is committed and thus individuals are incarcerated.

Being amongst those born under-privileged and currently incarcerated for allegedly committing a crime, I feel as if I can inform you on this subject best.

You see, for most individuals crime isn’t a mental issue, crime is more of an economic  issue (but as always, there are those rare cases where crime is a mental issue and the criminal was justly detained and treated.) You see, most of the people who commit crime are doing so because of their lack of funds to survive, or also they’re surviving on the basic tip, but they’re not on the social level. Continue reading

“the jail system is mis-run and mis-managed”

Dear Mr. W_______,

Thanks for the letter and n4.  It came at a much needed time.  I’m glad to hear there are concerned citizens who care about how the jail system is mis-run and mis-managed!  It more often than not sends people worse off back into neighborhoods angry, hurt, and totally demoralized and at times animalistic!  Its truly a system designed to oppress and exploit the lesser, poorer persons in society, 1. high bonds, 2. wrong search and seizures at homes (my house was trashed and 1100 dollars stolen), 3. very poor sleeping quarters (my dogs have better), 4. slop for food, 5. the cells are freezing while we get little clothing and blankets 5. husbands/wives should at least be allowed to visit if incarcerated at the same time (I fit that category, the family is the fabric of society), 6. they arrested us quickly and put us in cages, yet the legal process once here is slow and tedious, even the process of bond reduction takes weeks all the while people lose good jobs and families are damaged sometimes beyond repair.  The jail system is a business of making money, not reform and helping most who may have made a bad choice or mistake become a better citizen, neighbor, co-worker, or friend (cuz that’s what 99% of us are!).  I’m very glad to hear that our neighbors are getting educated and involved, cuz believe it or not…this could happen to any of us!  And unless you have access to 10-50k your whole life could change forever and your family’s also.  The phone situation is laughable, the grievance officers are simply yes people, as I’ve made several complaints and requests with zero results or even responses back.  I thought in our legal system you’re innocent until proven guilty.  Well that doesn’t appear to be the cause here.  All and all its hard to believe this is happening in the United States of America.

 

Signed, E.Q.Y.

A New Beginning: URBAN PROGRESS IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION

Motto: A True Believer Wants for His Brother What He Wants for Himself.

This is the beginning of a new organization. A new era in America. This new program will be truly for the people. Those forgotten in the long haul. We will make changes to bring down the un-human judicial system that targets the majority of these same individuals. This organization, this brotherhood will be known by the name Urban Progress Improvement Association. Continue reading