R.I.P. Uniece “Niecey” Fennell

Uniece Glenae Fennell’s death is a horrible tragedy. We extend our condolences to those who knew and loved Uniece and we hope they can find space to grieve and mourn in peace.

At least this time the public was informed about a death at the jail. That is only because of the fierce struggle for justice undertaken by family, loved ones, friends and community members after Matthew McCain’s death in January 2016.

Uniece is the fourth person since 2015 to die in the Durham County Jail under the direction of Sheriff Mike Andrews. The Durham County Jail does nothing but isolate, abuse, neglect, and kill our friends and family. Though we don’t know the exact circumstances of Uniece’s death, we do know that no one should ever die in jail. Because this jail has already killed so many, and before it kills even more, we say no more jail deaths, no more jail

We are trying to find out more about this tragic death. Please contact us at insideoutsidealliance@gmail.com or 919.666.7854 if you have information.

Why would someone facing prison time quit TROSA?

Just short of two months in the TROSA (Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers) Program, I walked out the door. I’m facing 30-48 months with three years probation. I took time in TROSA. Now, we’ve all got our reasons why we’re looking for a solution and answers to our drug addictions, alcoholism and other habits that cause us harm. I’m a drunk and I was looking for help. Continue reading

‘I think they wanna control every aspect of each inmate’s life’


Ms. Bell,
Everybody know that DCJ is the worst jail in NC and now they are going to cut out face to face visits.

I think they wanna control every aspect of each inmate’s life. I understand that this is jail but it is very cold in here even in the summer. I don’t know why they feel it has to be this way!

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‘DCJ: Same shit, different toilet’


What’s up IOA? Thanks for writing. I’m hanging in there. Can’t really complain, God let me wake up. But as far as DCJ goes, same shit, different toilet. They find a way to make our lives worse by the day. The pod that I’m in has had a problem with our kiosk for damn near a month and the jail has still failed to fix it. Continue reading

Death to Imprisonment!

Hello, my name is Brandon Sutton but my friends call me Sutton (Remember that name) and I’m an inmate who is currently on work release from this Zoo called Durham County Detention Center. I’m here incarcerated on a DWI charge, my third one actually. I was fortunate enough to hire a lawyer to reduce what could’ve been a 3 to 4 year sentence down to 8 months with a few other stipulations given once I’m released. I’m contacting you because they’re others like me currently serving time in here. Non-violent/ non-accidental prone offenders who have several DWI’s but didn’t have the means to afford an attorney so they settled for a Public Defender. Continue reading

‘What a screwed-up system!’

Thanks for your letter. I was surprised and glad to receive it. Please overlook my tardy reply…

I’ve heard some views about bail reform and I hope something positive comes about. These bonds are ridiculously high in Durham County. I just don’t get it. I was very happily surprised last month to hear I had a visitor (I don’t normally get them). I walked into the room and there was IOA member –. He asked me about the court date I had for the week of Feb. 6th, but I did not go. It turned out my lying lawyer again failed to file my motions to dismiss and to suppress in January as promised. Such motions are typically heard during the first full week of the month but must be filed during the previous month at least 5 working days in advance. Continue reading

“The prison system is a modern-day slave ship”

To whomever it may concern:

I am a P.O.W. (Prisoner of War) that’s being held at Durham County Jail (for a ransom). I just want to share my thought with the public about our criminal justice system and the Corporation of North Carolina and the Corporation of the U.S.A. in general.

First off, we got to understand that all crimes are commercial and profits is being made from it. The ones who benefit are the lawyers, state attorneys (DA), judges, etc. Also, the prisons which is a Business Industrial Complex, and you also have a lot of private factors that are also fattening their pockets. So, I would think that it’s fair to say that it’s going to be a lot of systems put into place so that crime will continue to grow, and more prisons will be built, because so many have sacrificed 8 years of their life in the study of law to make dollars.

Now, let’s deal with facts and statistics. America’s power structure is built off of racism and white supremacy, “correct”? Alright. It’s a known fact that we (Blacks) are the majority of the governed body of the prison population in the United States. In a 2010 census we were at a 67 percentile. (I might be off a little bit but not much if memory serves me correctly.) Latinos somewhere in the 30% and whites 5% or 10%. Something is very wrong with that picture!!!! And this was 2010. It’s more than likely higher or the same now.

So if we make the majority of the prison populace, then to the American power structure there’s nothing wrong with the system because it’s putting Blacks, “Black men at that,” back where they supposed to be — in slavery. The prison system is a modern-day slave ship that sits on land, not water. Also, to prove what I said earlier, back in 1865 the powers that be made vagrancy laws or the infamous Black Code where they made petty offenses major felonies and this was set up for Black people just like the 1994 Crime Bill that was put in place by the Clinton administration that targeted the Black communities with the 100 to 1 ratio for selling crack, also the mandatory minimums and the gun law and a year for each bullet. Them laws created the mass incarceration you see today. How in the world a person can get 7 years 10 and 15 years for drug offense crimes that’s non-violent.

As a people we must wake up.

Peace for now.

Sincerely,

The Black Holocaust