‘Something gotta give’

Thursday 6/9/16

Hey —

What’s going on? How are you doing? Fine I hope and all is good and well with you and IOA family and supporters. As for myself, I’m okay, I guess being that I’m still breathing. I want to apologize for not responding to your letters sooner, but I’ve been going through some things. Things that probably 95%, if not 100% of us Durham County Jail Detainees are going through that involves the court system. Things like:

  1. Being held under outrageous bonds (ransoms).
  2.  Not hearing/seeing attorneys for months at a time.
  3. Being held for bogus charges (He say/she say/word of mouth).

The list goes on and on as well all know. Like I said, “I been going through some things.” I’m not just speaking for myself, I’m speaking for others, all 510 Durham County Jail Detainees, “I hope.” They set up court dates, but we don’t go, not because we’re refusing to go, but because we’re not being taken to court. But if we were in society and we didn’t show up for court guess what happens? A warrant is issued for our arrest for failure to appear b.k.a. fta. I can go on and on about this shit but imma keep it moving. Moving to another subject that’s been kinda stuck on my mind: “Racism in the court system.” How is it that a white man bond is 500,000 for bringing a firearm inside the jail sally port (premises), and not only having a gun, but shoots at the same police officer that’s bringing him in?!?!? First of all, if this was a black male that fired on a police officer on jail premises, he would’ve been a dead black male, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. And if the police didn’t kill him, he would’ve had a bond so outrageous he would have wished he was dead. But, guess what? It gets even better for this white man. He was just released days ago on pre-trial release, now ain’t that some crazy shit right there?!

You do the math, and once you do, let me know what you come up with. It’s people that’s locked up for straight bullshit that got bonds higher than his and (they are) denied pretrial release. Moving on…I guess there won’t be no justice for Matt (Matthew McCain), because I still see d/o Boria working on the 3rd floor, not 3D though but a different pod. It don’t matter what floor he’s on, he shouldn’t still be working in this jail, period. I been here going on 8 months and I was here (3D) when it happened. The situation was totally fucked up. Rest in paradise, Matthew McCain. Shout out to IOA for representing and being our outside voice and shout out to all of the families and supporters. Until next time, be easy and hold it down, something gotta give. Fuck 12.                                                                      Sincerely,

VA/June

p.s. You can put this in the booklet–i don’t mind.

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