‘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

‘Something gotta give’

Thursday 6/9/16

Hey —

What’s going on? How are you doing? Fine I hope and all is good and well with you and IOA family and supporters. As for myself, I’m okay, I guess being that I’m still breathing. I want to apologize for not responding to your letters sooner, but I’ve been going through some things. Things that probably 95%, if not 100% of us Durham County Jail Detainees are going through that involves the court system. Things like:

  1. Being held under outrageous bonds (ransoms).
  2.  Not hearing/seeing attorneys for months at a time.
  3. Being held for bogus charges (He say/she say/word of mouth).

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They need a price check–ASAP

To Who May Concern,

Who in the fuck charges a black man of a crime and put a bond on him of one million dollars? So, basically you’ve made one’s freedom worth one million dollars–that’s just one arrest out of many a day. That shit not even logical. Help this city, it’s sad. No help.  Continue reading

‘Unprofessional behavior that is unbelievable’: a letter to Chief Judge Marcia Morey

we received this letter and were asked to send it to the judge and to post it online. 

Chief District Court Judge Marcia H. Morey

14th District Court, Durham County Justice Center

510 S. Dillard St.

Durham, NC 27701

 

May 21, 2016

To: Chief District Court Judge Marcia Morey

This is the president of the First Five Grieving Committee of the Durham County Jail. We are a grieving committee (of jail inmates) that works hand in hand and outside of the Durham Co. Jail. We also work with families, friends, the media and the health department. We also publish any grievance that is not solved on the internet and with the news media. We are writing you this courtesy letter so you can be aware that we have found so much evidence of unprofessional behavior that is unbelievable. Continue reading

‘Everything associated with this jail is a mind battle’

Hey! What’s going on?

I don’t know if you have paid close attention to my letter I wrote about me being an analyst…it was even posted in this month’s feedback under “Point Blank Period” in association with the inside information about Brother McCain’s death and the severe head injury he experienced. I mentioned how the Durham County Jail’s staff would meet the demands being made but also unequivocally cause conflict in the meeting of these demands to continue an uproar in the jail, because its result would boil down to what’s more important. Continue reading

‘We all matter, not just those in higher positions in life’

What’s going on —,

This letter here is in regards to all inmates, the signatures are in accordance with those who are in full agreement of the “First Five Grieving Committee of the Durham County Jail.” The 2nd letter to whom it may concern is not based according to thoughts or opinions, it’s based according to outside resources and research done in accordance to the agencies or departments stated. This letter was written and prepared by —. We’re supporting him in agreement. We would  LOVE to see this taken seriously and put into investigation on such governmental officials. What needs to be done NOW!!!!, which would be nice, is them stepping up and proving all of us in Durham County Jail wrong. I would also love it if you would post this on your Facebook page and tag it to my page. Thanks for all your support. Stay in touch. God Bless You All, IOA. Continue reading