“Just another number”

Dear IOA,

Hey, I hope everyone is doing well. I used to get letters from you guys. But they stopped coming in the mail. I miss having someone to talk to, I’ve been here for almost 1 year now. Some days are better than others. I don’t understand this justice system. No one seems to care, I’m only a number on another another case load. I’m in the mental health block, it’s better in a few ways but it’s still jail. I feel forgotten and neglected. Maybe it’s just in my head. I miss my family.

I think the reason I’ve been here so long is because the D.A. thinks I’m faking mental health problems. 2 days before getting arrested I was released from a mental hospital. I beat up a cable truck with a bat and jumped in it and took off for no reason while the men were working across the street. My bond is $271,000, I really needed help and to be back on my meds like I am now. It’s crazy I don’t get it. Just another number. Sorry I needed to get all this out. I’m not trying to get out of the charges I just want some help and another chance. I hope one of you will write me back soon. It will be nice to get a letter at mail call.

Well. . . until then,

V. F.

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