Dear g______ ________
I’m doing alright thanks for asking, yes we are doing a creative writing class where we get to express ourselves in different kinds of ways. Rap, poem, drawings, speeches, & a lot more. Curtis Barnette [another detainee] started the class & we sign up for it. We start at 12 or when the multi-purpose room ain’t at use & any action book or drawing book is good & a dictionary, too. I like making great drawings so I’m like more tattoo drawings.
this for the Durham Association of Educators, & the union of public school teacher: thank you for focusing on our Education. I’m still enrolled in my base school. I was 17 when I got here, now I’m 18. I’m up in here for a couple a months now. The government should focus on building schools & jobs instead of making money for the jail, b/c this jail system is so crooked. I’m here with no proof of me committing any crime of what they blaming me for – no weapon found, no evidence of any stolen goods, no witnesses. I’ve been just waiting for my court dates & they cancel my court date every time its been scheduled. My lawyer just once he came and see be. I haven’t been to court at all. The DAs lying on everything, the court appointed lawyers ain’t helping, to be honest. Fuck Durham County Jail, they want me to feel down & plead guilty so they can make money off me. You know what they chose the wrong person, b/c I’m staying strong. I got into the word of God & he helps me to stay strong & for my family & loved ones who support me they can’t even come to visit me. I only saw my mom 3 times & now they ain’t allowing her to come. I’m against the video visitation. So many young teens like my age die in this cells & they just say they committed suicide or natural cause. It ain’t true. The COs allow it to happen & if they ain’t do nothing about it that’s how they move up to new positions. The canteen be ripping us off of our money, they don’t return our money when we order canteen & they don’t bring our canteen, & they act like they don’t know nothing. Man shyt crazy. I can’t even trust the law & I never did & never will. I speak for all my latinos up in here. I got a friend here & they don’t let him have any visit. His family want to see him but they don’t allow him to have any visit, & when they feel they loosing our case they put a deportation order on my people with out having proof of anything. We get crazy rash on our body b/c of the sope & our clothes are being washed with only water & we get rash from it & we get back pain from the bed they give us. They treat us like a bunch of animals. They hold us over years & trying to make us commit suicide & if you don’t have money you can’t get no medical attention or get the medication you need to live. Shyt crazy man. They block the phone sometimes so we can’t call anyone. People are still here fighting o live & some lost their life fighting the system. Thank you IOA for working on protest to help us students & anyone up in jail. Thank you and god bless y’all.