“been locked up going on 14 months next month”

Hey,

My name is _______, DOB ________ and I’m still housed at Durham County Jail but the reason for this letter so you can get to know me better and see what I’m going thru.  I’m mental health and on medication for it and been locked up going on 14 months next month.  They haven’t drop my bond knowing what’s going on with my mental health and know I need outside attention.  I’m not doing good in here my A/C don’t work in my cell, the food make me sick I wrote medical and told them that put me on a special diet because of the season in the food and know I have stomach problems.  My bond is way too high for what I’m in here for $_____ it not like I kill nobody or hurt nobody period.  And plus I’m mental health I can’t help what I do when I’m not on my medication and when I wake up I can’t remember anything.  And plus when I was out I didn’t have no where to sleep at night.  If you can please help me on how they treating me and try to get me pre-trial release until they do something with these charges.  And plus I have a real sick mom out there right now.

 

Sincerely,

_______

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‘They can’t keep us forever…’

Thank you for writing. How are you doing? Me, I’m doing okay for the situation I’m in. As inmates we all know the food is a joke, there is a lack of supplies, we’re on lockback most of the day, and the c.o.’s should go find another job. Here’s a little something that touches on each of those plus a couple more:

Better Days

I’m sitting in this piece of shit, known as D.C.J.

I swear it’s the same shit like every other day

I need to call a bondsman and get the fuck out

But I don’t have the bread, so I’m sitting without a doubt

We wake up at 6, looking like the walking dead

Only to get oatmeal and some stale-ass bread

Then we get watered-down juice

Might as well be zero proof Grey Goose

Upstairs in my cell, with my roomie

I swear this food runs right through me

I ask for toilet paper, of course they don’t have none

I promise they’re lying just for fun

These stinking-ass people need to take a shower

Because they damn sure don’t smell like a flower

I understand you can’t when you don’t have hot water

It will be cold as ice, so fuck it why bother?

Medical is still charging $20 for a tylenol pill

I could have just traded an item for that, I’m for real

A few hours out of my cell ain’t nothin

I’m not getting any younger like Benjamin Button

And with the expensive canteen in this shithole

No matter what you keep, you still end up with a swole

Finally, fuck a snitch

They’re just as bad as the c.o.’s who work in this bitch

They treat us with no respect

Even the sergeants step on us like we’re insects

But they can’t keep us forever

Our days will soon get better

I wrote this to show my support

Especially on the days we have court.

                                                       –Allie Steppe

P.S. I hope you publish this in the newsletter. -Thank you!

‘You need to see what goes on behind closed doors’

What’s up IOA?

First off, thanks for reaching out to me. I’m just now getting your letter…7 DAYS LATER!!

I can’t stand how this system treats us, it’s like they couldn’t care less about what goes on with us because they wear a badge and can go home at the end of the day. Some of these officers think they can say and do what they want because we wear orange. But we humans, too and we got rights as well. Continue reading

‘Ask for t.p., it takes five hours to get…’

Hi,

How are things going for you? I’m doing the best I can in here. Been here 1 and ½ months. I have a 3 million dollar bond. For drug charges. Highest in the women’s pod. Why is that? Fuckin’ crazy. My lawyer said I’m looking at decades for my charges. Cops said I had — kg of meth. Wow, if you think about it, you’ll know where that number came from , they are saying that is meth. So my whole life may be fucked cause of that. Otherwise, most c.o.’s are ok, a few are assholes, ask for t.p. and it takes five hours to get, or denied to make a sick call, as I watch the same c.o. I asked let two women out of cells to pass shit to another cell. Amazing that medical call is last to passing fucking bullshit from cell to cell.

Take care, my friends. Keep your head up.

C.L.

“the jail system is mis-run and mis-managed”

Dear Mr. W_______,

Thanks for the letter and n4.  It came at a much needed time.  I’m glad to hear there are concerned citizens who care about how the jail system is mis-run and mis-managed!  It more often than not sends people worse off back into neighborhoods angry, hurt, and totally demoralized and at times animalistic!  Its truly a system designed to oppress and exploit the lesser, poorer persons in society, 1. high bonds, 2. wrong search and seizures at homes (my house was trashed and 1100 dollars stolen), 3. very poor sleeping quarters (my dogs have better), 4. slop for food, 5. the cells are freezing while we get little clothing and blankets 5. husbands/wives should at least be allowed to visit if incarcerated at the same time (I fit that category, the family is the fabric of society), 6. they arrested us quickly and put us in cages, yet the legal process once here is slow and tedious, even the process of bond reduction takes weeks all the while people lose good jobs and families are damaged sometimes beyond repair.  The jail system is a business of making money, not reform and helping most who may have made a bad choice or mistake become a better citizen, neighbor, co-worker, or friend (cuz that’s what 99% of us are!).  I’m very glad to hear that our neighbors are getting educated and involved, cuz believe it or not…this could happen to any of us!  And unless you have access to 10-50k your whole life could change forever and your family’s also.  The phone situation is laughable, the grievance officers are simply yes people, as I’ve made several complaints and requests with zero results or even responses back.  I thought in our legal system you’re innocent until proven guilty.  Well that doesn’t appear to be the cause here.  All and all its hard to believe this is happening in the United States of America.

 

Signed, E.Q.Y.

‘God only knows’

Hello. I am well. I did get the books…I have a court date coming up on the 5th and I have no idea what is going to happen that day because I have not seen my lawyer in sometime. I hope all is well, but God only knows. I pray that it will be okay daily, but if you don’t have money to fight them you are at the mercy of the courts. And so I wait.

Thanks again.

H.R.

‘It’s hard to give respect when they treat you like wild mules!’

Hello, Peace and Love!

I’m TyQuan MacCutcheon, this letter is deep and means a lot to me…I’ve only been in here for a month and would love to give you feed back. I was taught to get respect is to give respect! Well, it’s very hard to give respect to a c.o., when they look and treat you like wild mules! Like we are a stray pitbull or a gorilla that’s gone wild! It’s sad, yes, we are humans that make mistakes, but it doesn’t give c.o.’s the right to treat us wrong! I’m 23 years old with a five million dollar bond! Hold on! Let me repeat that! I’m 23 years old with a 5 million dollar bond! I haven’t killed nobody! Hold on! Let me repeat that! I HAVEN’T KILLED NOBODY! My bond is 5 million dollars as if i’m El Chapo or Bin Laden. It’s sickening…I’m from Hampton, VA. Durham County is a rip off! From Aramark food to the nurses and also the magistrate! Something has got to change! I’ll be proud when I go home and come back to protest against Durham County Jail! Hampton City Jail is way better than this hell hole!! I am a comrade and am willing to whatever it takes to change this place around! Continue reading