Thanks for the Feedback newsletter this month. Yep, I’m still here waiting on the ever so slow legal system. Seems like everyone here is in the same boat, waiting months on end to go to court just to have it postponed by the prosecutor for some nonsense reason. I’ve been here 9 months and finally ready to get some pertinent motions heard, and the prosecutor claims she hadn’t had enough time to prepare for my motions, postponing my next court date for yet another month. It’s crazy! As Donald Trump would say, “It’s rigged.” Other than that everything has been okay. The mail has been like always, slow and sporadic. Occasionally they’re opening my mail, still, but the only response I can get from the officers that manage the mail is that they don’t regulate what mail gets searched and why. I guess I’ll get no answer as to why my mail is being searched. We got a letter this week from major Rita Collins saying we will not be able to receive stamps in the mail anymore. I didn’t like that news, now I have to give Aramark more money just to get stamps.
I did catch the article in the paper a couple weeks ago about the County Board of Health’s report and finding them deficient in 4 of 38 regulations. The jail was obviously not in full compliance with these health regulations and my assumption is they never were to begin with. It’s also obvious the National Institute of Corrections and the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare who came to assess the situation after Matthew’s death in January swept any non-compliance under the rug. Both deaths that occurred in this jail in the last 2 years have been preventable given the appropriate preemptive measures that should have been taken. Now I’m wondering how long the jail has been in violation of standard regulations set by the county board of health? I guess the more eyes that come to inspect the jail the better, and I hope the City of Durham’s Human Relations Commission is able to make a difference here, whenever they do their public forum.
There is some rumor going around that visitation will soon change, too. Instead of in-person visits, they are organizing to set up audio/video feeds and monitors for visitations. Your family members will still have to come to the jail to “visit,” but you will only see a T.V. transmission in which you can both hear and see each other. I’m gonna say it’s similar to Skype or FaceTime. Yet another way for the jail to record every action you make when you are here, just like the phones.
Anyway, thanks for your letter, the Feedback newsletter, and your continued support!