‘It’s like telling these doors to open themselves and let us go’

(Note: the date on the following letter is correct—the envelope had multiple post marks, and seemed to have been opened before going out—editors)

Feb 3, 2016

IOA

I’m doing ok, just another day in jail. Thanks for writing. I don’t really know too much about the death of Matthew McCain, but I know the guard that was working that pod (Erick Boria) the day it happened is very lazy—all he does is sit at the desk either reading a book or looking at TV. He doesn’t do his rounds every 15 minutes like a lot of other guards here. Continue reading

‘They use violence to subdue us but we wrong for using violence back’

The following letters came to us late last week.

Here is Genapher’s note of explanation: The one letter was mailed out on 11/9 and returned to me 12/22. The other letter was mailed out on 11/25 and was returned back to me 12/22. They say the address was wrong when I know it was right. Hope y’all had a good Christmas. Please don’t give up protesting. Continue reading

‘I can’t even give a name to it…’

Jan 1st 2016

IOA

First off I want to thank you and all those that has been protesting for us every Friday. I also got in the window New Year’s Eve to watch you guys march. I honestly don’t know where to start! After reading the newsletter from the other inmates they pretty much narrowed it down. Continue reading

‘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

‘Inside I’m a lion!’

Hey —,

How are things? I am well, the move (from pod to pod) was rough, but I’ll survive. I’m sorry I haven’t written sooner, I was wondering when you guys would receive that letter (sent in September, received a month later).

I want to say thank you to everyone for this campaign and applaud them for their persistence. (Thank you I say {with much emotion} for caring for me, and us–Thank you.) How great a battle we all are fighting, how sweet a victory. Strange how there is no notice or official statements from our Jailer. Our hours out are 9 am-12:45 and 4pm-6:45. It is a very sweet victory but only for one battle. Continue reading

‘That could mean someone dying’

Dear —

Thanks for writing. Yeah today is October 15 and I just got a letter that my daughter wrote in September. I thought my kids had forgotten me. I have a new granddaughter born in July. I am proud of that and can’t wait to see her. So I guess there are a lot of people on our side out there. We’re so thankful to you and others for taking your time for us. I don’t know how long I’ll be here but I am very very ready to go. I have 6 kids they deserve a father. I pray everyday and night that things will get better here. Some of the officers talk to us like we are dogs. We all pay for one person’s behavior sometimes. One thing I would like to see fixed is if we hit our intercom button some officers ignore it. Also, if you are someone like me who has seizures and asthma, they don’t even know what cell the call is coming from. That could mean someone dying. That’s not right. The food here sucks, but nothing we can do about nothing. And sometimes we have to beg for toilet paper. Well, thanks.

C.V.

‘They trying to play me with a plea’

Hey —,

How are you? I hope you doing good. It was great to hear from you, as it is good to hear from anyone outside. How did part of my letter get ripped in the mail? Did the jail do it? Yeah, I was going to take a plea, but they trying to play me, so I’m going to trial. But I don’t know when. They took my shoes on July 6, but gave no reason why. I would like to thank you for taking time out to write. I like the Inside-Outside News a lot. I just want you to know what y’all are doing is noticed. People are watching the movement even if you don’t know about it.

It’s crazy how I cry at night just looking at (a photo) of my son and family…Write me back. See you next time.

T.C.

‘I didn’t give up’

I just got your letter today on 9-17-15 but your letter was sent out on 8-26-15. I am sending you part of the envelope so that you can see when you sent it out and when I received it.

First of all, I want to thank you and everyone else for what you all are doing for us in here. Continue reading

‘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

‘They don’t care about us’

From a friend to a friend

Hey,

Thanks for the letters. I’ve been doing this time alone so your letters are really, really appreciated. Your time and effort you give up to reach out to me for support and help mean a lot. It’s crazy, cause you sent your last letter May 31st. I just got it like a week and a half ago. Crazy, rite? Anyways, I’ve read the feedback paper you sent and shared it with a couple people. We all are grateful for the things you and the organization does for us. We have four straight hours out a day now, so that’s better than before and you all got something to do with that. I’m in — now. I’ve been here for like two months. Far as visits I really don’t have any and haven’t had none in about 6 months, so if you wanted to come visit I would appreciate it.  Continue reading