this jail is nothing more than a dressed up trash can

Dear Amplified Voices,

It’s been sometime since I’ve written to you guys, and it has been such a disturbing setting within this jail AKA Prison as usual. It appears that as little things change and not even for the better per se, the more things get worse. We had a visit from an unknown lady that was supposed to be from the inspection department. What she inspected would need to be called basic observation. She didn’t look into the cells. She basically did a walkthrough with the Sgt. displaying a slightly grinned face, asking general questions and not much expecting. This Detention Center is a serious joke that isn’t even funny. You can even be in the right when it comes to protocol and discipline and you’re still made wrong due to the fact that the Lt., Col., Sgt. and officers all lie for each other, eliminating any chance of justice for the inmates, because of the allegiance that they have amongst the officers. No matter how the spokesperson for the jail tries to dress-up allegations that are factual as to the operation of this jail and the conduct of the officers, it’s nothing more than a dressed up trash can.

They have brand new bed mats that are not being given to the inmates, resulting in 95% of the jail sleeping on deflated or badly cracked open mats with you already having to sleep on a slab of concrete. The cells are filthy beyond what an inmate can clean. There is green corrosion all around the water faucet and it has no filter. We even sometimes have to bathe in cold water. Medical is still charging $20 for a head ache pill if you happen to need one. They also pass out medication whenever they feel like it. Just the other day everyone who received morning medication received them in the afternoon. Today, Wednesday, May 25, around 4:30pm, an inmate was denied access into his cell to use the bathroom being made to hold his urine, all because the officer refused to do his job. As the inmate vented about it they locked him back. Upholding whatever the allegiance is amongst officers.

I even heard a female Sgt. joke about an inmate that attempted suicide, laughing, saying that’s what he gets. This took place at between 5:00-5:15pm Wednesday, May 4, 2016, and the Sgt.’s name is Robertson. She lacked consideration for the inmate’s attempted suicide jump. Whether or not this man decided to jump off the balcony or not, it shouldn’t be made into a joke. I heard her making these jokes while I myself was in medical and she was awaiting assistance from medical for the jumper. And I must state when I make my allegations I use dates and time for specification that if ever an investigation is done, surveillance footage and audio can prove I speak the truth. And it will also help narrowing down locating the date and time on that specific allegations. Because as we know within this jail it’s not what you know it’s what you can prove, and I always provide proof.

Also, whoever is in charge of the distribution of the food here really needs to look into how the funds are being spent and what we’re being fed. It’s absurd. Rotten oranges, leftover rice, and other items from days before.

It seems to me that this jail is all about whatever funding it’s getting instead of the professionalism that’s required. Some one else with the correct mind-set should be put in charge of this jail, because it’s just not being run properly. Point blank. There’s also crooked activity going on inside this jail. As far as what the state itself wouldn’t tolerate but they demand that we should follow their rules. Yes, we should conduct ourselves appropriately and very much safely also with respect. However, the employees should live up to these standards as well. If the state of North Carolina and the Sheriff’s Department choose to really look into how this jail is run, it would be very obvious change is drastically needed immediately, unless they just don’t care to acknowledge the problems. And why they wouldn’t shows that justice is something that is dying within this jail and the state of North Carolina as a whole. The power is within the people so says the Constitution of the United States. But when the people do speak collectively our voices fail to be heard. We’re said to have unalienable rights, yet these rights are laughed at and frowned upon. We have freedom of speech, yet our voices are silenced. I believe that right is right and wrong is wrong. But when you ask us to uphold the law, yet the lawmakers twist the law and fail to uphold it themselves, then how can justice ever prevail? It can’t. Cause we are being overlooked, silenced, frowned upon, and laughed at. As the people spoke of in the United States Constitution, together we stand, divided we fall. So tell me state of North Carolina, when will you abide by the laws you enforce? When will you act fairly regarding situations that deserve your true attention? When will you no longer ignore the issues that reside right next door to your court house or does your neighbor not have to abide by the laws that govern this land of Durham NC? So far the actions of this jail and its officers as well as the court that neighbors this jail are a complete disgrace. I guess nothing else matters, not unless the dollar that has no value isn’t involved. We’re just left as chattel with no voice, no rights, no respect and no one who cares. Shame on all those who make the law yet don’t follow it.


Tony K.

P.S. Please send the feedback. I’d love to read what others have to say. I also would write more but I’m limited with stamps. Please use my name and letter for all that Amplified Voices stands for. I will participate in all causes related. Please keep in touch.

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