Memo from NC Central Prison

Note: A prisoner sent this memo to us, letting us know that DPS is restricting who can send money to prisoners to only approved visitors on that prisoner’s list. Again, prisons use fake concern about prisoners and drugs to make life worse for so many prisoners.


Notice to Offender Population

January 2, 2019

Restriction of Depositors

Prisons is constantly exploring methods to improve safety, security and overall operations, this includes ensuring that all offenders have an opportunity to reside within our facilities without fear of strong arming and/or undue influence to commit an illicit act for monetary gain. As a result, effective February 5, 2019, Prisons will restrict depositors into trust fund accounts to only those listed as approved visitors, for the respective offender. Funds deposited will continue to be processed by JPAY. However, if funds are received from a non-approved visitor the action will be rejected by the vendor.

Offenders are encouraged to share this information with family and friends. This information will also be posted on the NCDPS and JPAY websites.


Kenneth E. Lassiter

Director of Prisons


Treatment of Muslim detainees

It is very disturbing and aggravating to know and see that they honor all ways and acts of Christianity, Bring in people to hold bible study, have an abundance of bibles. But, yet Islam is barely noticed. They honor Ramadhan, but that is it. They don’t let us get Islamic materials, prayer rugs, no Imam, nor are they open to giving us one. The sergeants even go so far as complaining when we use our blankets as prayer rugs. Also they don’t hold Jummah Friday.

Also I mean not to offend anybody or their religion, I’m taught that every man has the right to worship according to their Consciousness. They are violating our constitutional right. I feel that this is unjust and not fair.

We should be able to have these things afforded to us. If you believe that every man has a right to worship as he pleases, which I’m sure you do cause if not you wouldn’t be able to worship as you do, then you should stand up and support this cause.


This is what you make me feel

you motivate me, make me smile from ear to ear

I haven’t felt this feeling in a while

Girl don’t you know it feels good to smile

Motivation on top of anticipating

hearing your voice or receiving your mail

Freedom is what you give me

Even though physically I’m in this jail

My mind is set free, free to roam

You’re my motivation to this poem

you got me in my feelings but,

as I know this is only the beginning

you’ve gave me another reason to live

I am now living. My Motivation…

There are a lot of things wrong with this jail

I’m writing back to tell you there are a lot of things wrong with this jail.  If only I could videotape and document some of the things wrong here. To name a few:

  • Kids in daycare get fed better than us.
  • Trays we eat on have a very bad smell at times.
  • Milk and fruit be spoiled sometimes.
  • Grits and beans are on most of the trays.
  • Guards (just certain ones) power trip to provoke inmates.
  • They took us back for reasons unknown, no explanation.
  • Some inmates get money taken from their account for medical and they went two or more weeks ago.
  • Meds that are supposed to be delivered never make it.
  • They don’t seem to care about the health because it’s hard to get antibiotic or pain pills, only over the counter meds.
  • I had surgery and doctor prescribed meds; didn’t get.
  • Nurse here prescribed things I didn’t receive.
  • People and me have tooth problems that don’t get taken care of.
  • Lawyers don’t come to get clients.
  • People have been incarcerated as long as 5 years here and still haven’t finished their case (redundant).
  • Whole housing unit, rooms included, need to be disinfected.
  • They house us with known psychotics and underage inmates.
  • Guards seem to have authority to lock people in their room for days 23:1 lockdown.
  • No maintenance on weekend.
  • Toilet overflowing and fetus was on floor for entire weekend.
  • Cancelled VI September 23.
  • They had electronic problem same weekend.
  • Not to mention deaths nobody knows what happened.

Who governs the ones governing us?  We can get treated, however, and that isn’t a crime.  God sees what is happening and his will gonna be done.

I’m tired and some time feel like my life is over and like I’ve lost everything

I’m fine and I’m in good health. It’s just crazy what I’m going through and I’ve done nothing wrong, I’m 18 turning 19 on the 9th (August 9) , the father of a one year old lil girl and she’s all I think about. Now S—, I’ve come from a household where there’s struggle, but we as a family work hard together.

I used to play football in middle school, but I dropped out of school in the eighth grade & got caught up in the streets. I started gang banging and got shot. But through the time wasted, I’ve started a change in life. I stopped banging & decided to do right, I’ve started being a better father to my daughter, I’ve started learning how to tattoo, that’s what I wanted to do. Started staying the house, couldn’t nobody get me out the house, even my probation officer. His name was Melvin Roach. I was doing good, haven’t done no drug for a year going on two years.

Now The Crazy Moment of My Life ever…

One night I was chilling with some friends that was headed down the wrong path. We ended up at a big house one night where two friends was bout to do some wrong & I stopped them and told them I want them do nothing stupid we left. You got me?

The Next day or Two

Them same friends came to my house one night with an extra two people. One stayed at my house as the others left. So me and that one other sat on my porch as we wait to see where they went. As they pulled back up, they jumped out the car and the car kept driving, one with a gunshot wound to the back, the other with a gunshot wound to the arm, & the other friend just now he left. I called and got the one with the wound to the back help.

A few weeks later, I get a call saying my name had been brought up in a murder.

Now I’m charged with first degree murder and innocent. I’ve done nothing at all. My whole family hurt knowing I’m in Durham County Jail fighting for my life & they know I was home and ain’t done nothing.

But the one that come back with the others that I said came back with nothing wrong still out living life, while I’m in his shoes. It’s not right.

The food in here is not healthy. They feed you like a dog, they charge $20 for aspirin or ibuprofen, we locked in a cell for 17 hours a day and get treated like shit.

I’m tired

And some time feel like my life is over

And like I’ve lost everything.

I want and need my innocence proved. I’m going through Hell! 😦

No, things are not that well

Hey how are you doing? I thank you for you imagination, but no things are not that well. I’m a young 23 year old Muslim. I’ve tried to reach out to my family and they have shunned me. Honestly, I just desperately want a female pen-pal to correspond with. Somebody that’s willing to be a part of my support system that I can get close to. I’m locked up for an “armed robbery” to which I had no weapon, the store clerk just juiced up the story.

I’m very talented and I love writing poetry. I will submit some of my work in this letter. I’ve had a bit of a rough life My side of the family that stays in NC I barely even know. I have a grandmother that’s 90 years of age. My plans consist of trying to obtain my GED and I want to go to community college for landscaping. My other talents consist of drawing and writing music based on my feelings and what I’m going through.

I’m a bright young man. I want to say that what y’all are doing is very positive and helpful to those who have nobody in their corner. What I need in my corner is a lady friend. One who I can get to know and release my thoughts to. My birthday is November 9th. I love cooking, listening to all music, drawing, talking, and working with my hands. I liked what D— wrote in her letter. I wonder how many responses do y’all actually get.

This time, I am using my time wisely and I’m reading a lot more books. Not enough young African Americans know about their ancestral history. They know not where they came from. They are brainwashed and blind to a lot of things. We constantly are fighting our brother instead of building a bond with them. Why do so many of us only care about self?

In what ways do IOA shoot to help us inmates? Are ya’ll actually making any progress? I can use some help with literature on African American history. Any book on that subject, no matter who the author is. I want to expand my mind and horizon. Positive thinking is all I’ve been doing. My main goal is not to fall backwards again. The FEDS are taking custody of my case. Would you still write me? People don’t know how it feels not to have anybody. To see every person around them get love and mail, but never hear their name be called. I’m one of them and I can say it felt damn good to hear my name called even if it was IOA. At least I can say that IOA cares.

What’s going on with me right now? Well, it’s not just me it is multiple of us, and by us, I mean 5 inmates in the jail are on admin seq. We only get to come out our cell one hour and 30 minutes a day. We are not housed here because we have a bad rep. but simply because that’s how we were classified. We’ve actually had some good CO’s such as Nelson and Goldston who gave us extra time and they’ve moved these officers from our unit. To add, they’ve even got in trouble. Now that’s just outrageous. We are some of the best behaved inmates in the jail, not to mention, we even help clean up the unit and empty cells at night. Tell me, does that sound like we’re being treated right? They’re even going as far as sending the extra trays we used to get back to the kitchen. As far as CCS, I feel that they are wrong charging us $20.00 for us needing medical attention. If we fill out a sick call they charge us $20.00. Now come on, how do that sound?  Hope ya’ll have some more positive feedback.


-Isaiah Bethea #B72578