‘They need to SHUT THIS JAIL DOWN’

  • There’s no fresh air here nor any way to exercise!
  • The mats we sleep on are flat and dirty!


Thanks for protesting for us. The medical here is shit. They don’t help us. The food is not good, always cold and very unhealthy. The officers who work here treat us like shit, excuse my language. They talk to us like we’re dogs. The whole entire jail is nasty and unfit to live in. There’s no kind of schooling. It’s very cold in here year round. Continue reading

‘You’re like a hero to the women too afraid to confront the guards’

from Genapher Page: This letter was written to me from a girl that left today and I wanted to share with I.O.A. It made me smile. The name “Sleepy” is a name that was given to me 7 years ago from people in the street cause I look “sleepy” all the time.

the letter was rolled up tight. Continue reading

Petition: Food requirements not met

This is a petition speaking out against the nightly sandwich trays being served at the Durham County Detention Facility. Every evening detainees at this facility receive bologna, salami or ham, sweet bread, and applesauce. There is a code which states:

Section VI, Food:

  1. We will receive three meals a day at regular intervals.
  2. *Food will be wholesome, nutritional, appealing and the type available in the community.
  3. No bartering or wasting food.
  4. *The menus meet recommended dietary allowances.

Codes to be met:

  1. N.C. Administrative Code
  2. American Correctional Assoc. Standards
  3. Local Health Code Standards

We as detainees are stating that the starred requirements are not being met.

5-B pod




‘Officers who beat me got fired’

Dear Inside-Outside Alliance,

Hey, I am doing fine. Mad a little bit. So just to update y’all, so they fired Officer Smith and Officer Alston. Yes, please share my story on everything, newsletters and website. I’m not in the hole no more, but still locked back. Thanks for y’all support and love. I really do appreciate it. Continue reading

‘I hate when people treat me like a non-factor…’

Dear I.O.A.

Thanks for ya’ll letter and concern. I’m okay I’m still alive ain’t died yet. DCJ ain’t shit! The officers come in here with attitudes just cause they can’t be in the men pods or cause they don’t want to be here, period. They always come at me with bad attitudes for no reason. I get mad as hell because I don’t think it’s right that they come in here threatening me but if I did that to them they want to press charges. Continue reading

‘I was in fear for my life. I could’ve died.’


My name is Genapher Page. I’m 22 years old locked up for felony probation violation, 2 counts felony assault inflicting physical injuries on detention employer, communicating threats and resisting a public officer. Here’s the story behind my lockback situation. On 9-26-15 I was told to go to my cell because I was helping another inmate pack her stuff to go to prison so the detention officer Rachael Smith started yelling at me and I lost my temper and tried to walk past her. Continue reading

‘A joke so funny you’ll forget to laugh’


It’s good to hear from you, I was meaning to write to you. — is a good guy, he is doing his time on state now. Sorry if this letter is short and not more in depth. I’m just not much in mood for writing lately, so thanks for kind of stirring me up because this is not a place you want to let depression take over. Anyway, what follows is a letter I was going to send out en masse but I don’t really know who to all send it to (besides you), I kind of feel like nobody cares. So maybe you’ll be able to use it, and please by all means use my name, and I’ll talk to anyone who wants to talk to me. You’re right, things need to change here, everything from backed-up toilets not getting fixed for days, to what is basically slave labor, to inmate abuse, to only getting shaving razors once a week so you’re forced to go into court looking like you crawled from under a rock (where you’d probably eat better), to medical, a joke so funny you’ll forget to laugh. Durham Co Jail is still in the U.S.A., isn’t it? Well, I hope I can help, and thanks again.

Best wishes,

Jeffrey Collins

P.S. Yes, I did file an excessive force grievance.

‘It’s in arm’s reach. Can you feel it?’

Dear —,

What’s good with ya my friend? Everytime I receive a message from you I know somebody out there hasn’t forgot about me. My mood today is about good as it’s gonna get. Really lately my patience has been tested, sometimes I fail sometimes I succeed, feels good to win. For example, a c-o attempted to get me angry and out of character. But I held my composure. Continue reading

‘We ain’t taking the abuse no more’

I.O.A.                                                                                                                          10-7-15

Thank you for writing me back. From now on I want my name put on anything you print that I send/wrote to you all at I.O.A..

I want others to know I voice my opinion and speak facts when it comes to me/us as prisoners at the Durham County Jail.

The article I sent you about “No Use Complaining to the People That Are the Problem” (Volume 11, Oct. Issue), that is a very true statement. Without others such as I.O.A. we wouldn’t have made what progress we have made. By some of the detention officers’ expressions and actions you can tell they can’t stand it that we got just a couple hours more of so-called freedom. I often hear “It won’t last long.” Well, if it don’t it’s the county’s doing, not ours.

A friend of mine was pushed on the floor by force one morning last week. I called his family, gave them your website to post his situation on the blog. I know my friend’s have posted blogs, they read them to me when I call. The jail staff needs to realize we got people out there that will get involved. We ain’t taking the abuse no more. D.C.J. has gotten away with b.s. for way too long.

I am an advocate, a voice, not just a person held under ransom (a bond). According to them (justice system) I’m innocent until proven guilty. Bullshit–I’m treated as guilty until I prove my innocence.

Almost forgot: Over two months and I still haven’t been called to the dentist, plus there’s another person in the dorm with me, pod 5B that’s going through the same thing. There is no telling all the men and women at this place that need medical treatment and are just given half azz treatment most of the time. It’s no good.

Right is right/ wrong is wrong, whatever the case may be.

Love is love, be easy.

John Thomas Weaver


‘Less complaining and more rebel energy needed’

Ah, my buddy. Man, I ain’t forget about your ass man. This jail sent my letter back on some humbug shit. But I’ll give you evidence–I know how ya’ll like to do. (envelope “insufficient address” had correct p.o. box)

Anyway, in this past week i’ve seen the c.o.s beat two people up. An old man around his late 50s, and a young kid who I grew up with (17 years old). I’ve tried to get them to try me–they won’t fall for it. You see I’m very outspoken they gave me a new nickname: loudmouth, how you like that?

I’ve cussed them out, threatened them, they still won’t attempt to put their hands on me. They’re cowards. You see — I’m a little buff to be 17, well might as well say 18, my birthday is –. …

I want some feedback on what you think about this other letter I’m sending to you, don’t half-ass one page me neither. Oh yeah, so unthoughtful of me, thank you for my 5 min of fame, but please —, say my real name. I want them to know it’s me, fuck da police (I’ve seen y’all sign–lol) Oh yeah, nice touch with the feedback, man. But it needs less complaining and more rebel energy to show them we won’t fold until victory is bestowed. Aye I go to trial in —. It would be cool if you stop by, huh? Well, hit me back. –The poet, Daquan Coleman