This too shall pass


Included with this beautiful drawing:


Ebony Fields was in the STARR program in Durham. She was transferred to Wake County for about 50 days. She knew Uneice “Neicey” fennell who died here in Durham at the jail on Marc 23rd. Ebony drew this in her memory and asked me to forward it o you for possible publication in the IOA.

Thanks so much




this letter was sent in October.

Hey —

Hope you’re doing well. Well I just wanted to write back to let ya know how things are going around here…I asked for toilet paper one day and the c.o. told me NO because she didn’t like me and because I was too white! Really. I put a grievance in on her and nothing was ever done. I still have an open grievance from May about an officer that told me to piss in the shower because she wouldn’t pop my door unless I was gonna stay behind that door. Sick, right? And the other day I saw an officer and a young girl, a minor, age 16, get into it. Continue reading

Surveys: ‘Jail is a place I don’t like so I have no good experiences’


How long have you been inside? Since July

How many court appearances have you had? Just first appearance

How many times have you talked to your lawyer? Once

What is the situation regarding your charge? (Awaiting sentencing, awaiting trial, awaiting appearance, etc.?) Awaiting appearance Continue reading

In the land of the free


What’s good with you? Yeah I’m sorry about the last letter, I just want and need these young guys to get it and want them to get it so bad without going through the things that these rich people that own prisons and jails have in store for them. It’s amazing that we are the only country in the world that has more people locked up than anywhere else, but this is the land of the free. Continue reading

If I had a place to stay I wouldn’t get in half as much trouble

What’s up?

I’m doing pretty good. Yesterday my (visitor) came all the way from Virginia to come see me and put money on my account. So this is kind crazy because this is my second visit in two and a half months. In a way I feel like my (relative) don’t care about me because she came to see me the first week I got here. She said she would come see me more often and hasn’t. Continue reading

Truly, it’s the land of the haves and the have nots

In an extended interview / questionnaire, E.Y. weighs in on the difference between a c.o. and a prisoner, the realities of life inside, food and drink, and the threat of extending any say about conditions to the prisoners themselves.


It’s good to hear from you and the family at I.O.A. Sorry for not getting back (sooner), but here you go.

1.       How long have you been inside? I’ve been in jail since June.

2.       How many court appearances have you had? I’ve only had one or maybe two court appearance.

3.       How many times have you talked to your lawyer? My lawyer has been coming to see me. She is consistent in letting me know what’s going on with my case. Continue reading

Sergeant: ‘Sometimes you got to keep these young cats in order’

The following letter comes from a juvenile prisoner. To say the least, it reflects a culture of violence and an air of invincibility on the part of jail staff.


This is E.D. If I’m not mistaken you (all) protest in front of D.C.J. sometimes. I understand jail is a place where no one likes. Continue reading