News from the Pig Pen Downtown

The following writer, 57, has been housed in the Durham jail 14 months without seeing the inside of court. For the true believers in justice and the American way, just a reminder, from The Mission Statement of the North Carolina Judicial System:To protect and preserve the rights and liberties of all the people, as guaranteed by the Constitutions and laws of the United States and North Carolina, by providing a fair, independent, and accessible forum for the just, timely, and economical resolution of their legal affairs. TIMELY, indeed!


Dear __________,

I am glad to hear from you. It’s good to know there is someone out there that is concerned with our well being inside this jail. Yes, the pencils are the latest issue, but I have another. I am 57 years old, why do they have 16 and 17 year olds in the same pod with us? That is against the law.

I do write in my cell, but mostly I read. So, if you can get me some books in here, that would be wonderful. I like Westerns (Louis L’Amour). And also detective mystery novels. But I will gladly accept anything you send.

I have been here 14 months, have not been to court yet, not even once. My lawyer said he is waitingcourthouse on DNA. These people built a multimillion dollar courthouse, have all those empty rooms in it, and we are housed in a pig pen. Thank you for your consideration. Hope to hear from you.


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