‘Just some of the things that go on…’

Hello,

I hope that upon receiving this letter you are doing well and your loved ones as well. My name is F. W. I have been in Durham County Jail going on six months now. Since I have been here I have been through a lot as well as having seen a lot. For starters, the food mostly always sucks, we get a very small portion for breakfast at about 6:00 a.m. Continue reading

“I could go on for days about living conditions…”

What’s up,

Thanks for taking the time out to write me. First let me start by telling you a bit about me. My name is S. A., born on Black Thursday, the second stock market crash. I’m from NJ but I’ve lived in Durham since around Sept. 2000. I graduated around March 2008 from an academy. ..In April 2008 I enlisted in the US Army with a 20 thousand dollar bonus for 3 yrs 16 weeks as an infantry man. I was stationed in AK. I’ve been through one year of combat during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. I’m very much interested in learning and I love to read. I’m mostly a sci/fi/fantasy type. My whole purpose in joining the army was to earn money to go to college to be an automotive engineer.

I very much appreciate you writing even though you’re a stranger you seem more familiar, because when you’re in a place like this a lot of things are welcome. Continue reading

‘When you stand for nothing you’ll settle for anything’

First I wanna start by saying I’m sorry I haven’t been responding to letters, they’re greatly appreciated and probably the most supportive feedback I’ve got since I’ve been locked up, and I just got to say thanks, it means a lot being in my situation. Now, regarding your letter, I bet my good friend S. V. told you I was a cornerstone or key part to the inside resistance. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that. I’m a bouncer for bars and night clubs out there in the world. I’ve been doing that since I was about 15 years old, so I’ve got a chance to meet and get to know a lot of people. Maybe that’s why S– feel I’m important to the struggle. Hey, maybe I am and just don’t realize it. Continue reading

‘Maybe the Fourth of July will mean much more than cookouts and fireworks…’

From B.T. 6-30-14
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Hello,
Are you doing great, I hope. I am OK, thank you for the pictures. They do not have a plan for when my blood sugar goes real high. I am supposed to go to the E.R., but they just help me in my cell because I am an inmate. And one time they did not give me insulin and all because the nurses that was working did not like me. I told my lawyer but nothing happened yet. I go to court on the –th of this month so I hope to be a free man then. I will keep you posted. The food is nasty, mostly starchy, mostly carbs and that’s not good for diabetics, they treat us like cattle in here. But I hope life is treating you very well, and I know there is a lot that can go wrong with me if my blood sugar stays too high too much, but they don’t care because it’s not their health. And that is sad, people should care about one another, but because we’re locked up or made mistakes in life they treat us like scum, talk to us any kind of way, but if you say something back they lock you in your cell. It’s just wrong. I’m trying to organize the people in my pod, but not a lot of them don’t want to put forth any effort, but complain about the things that go on. Well I care for them, so I will not give up no matter what and I think some of the people are scared to speak up for themselves and their rights, but I will keep pressing the issue. Thank you for being our voice on the outside and fighting with us side by side for our rights, it means a lot. Hope you like the pictures, I will have more ready when I get your next letter I hope. It’s my pleasure to draw them for you and the organization, it’s the least I can do and thank you for sending them. Please send some more pictures of vargeta from dragonballz and picaro and Bugs Bunny…Huey and Riley from the Boondocks. EPSON MFP image
And what the fourth of July means to me is freedom, we declared our independence from England or Spain I’m not too sure but we are locked up we have no freedom or independence in here, and to the slaves it was an insult because they were slaves and not free. They were under oppressors just like we are. And it also means to be with your family, friends and loved ones cooking out on the grill, laughing, playing, having fun with my children and loved ones to be able to eat when I want, take a shower when I want, to go outside and get fresh air when you want, to not be told what to do all the time or to be locked back in a small cell like a wild animal in a giant cage. Freedom is not free, for us everything in this world cost to have. They say this is a fair and free nation, but I have yet to see those words true. Somethings are ok, but there is a lot things wrong with the constitution and this nation, so we as a people should come together, talk about all the things that are wrong and fix them the very best that we can. I’m not saying that things are going to be perfect, but they can get a whole lot better. We just need to stand together as one and let nothing stop us or stand in our way. We are all human. Nobody is better than the rest. A lot of us just have some growing up to do then maybe the Fourth of July will mean much more than cookouts and fireworks because we will really be free and independent, that’s what the Fourth of July means to me. Well I’ll wait for your feedback friends. Thank you very much, God Bless You.
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‘My blood sugar stays high most of the time’

6-23-2014
Hello,
How are you doing? Thank you for the pictures and the letter. It’s nice to know that somebody cares about us. I have type 1 diabetes. They are giving me the wrong type of insulin. I’m supposed to have Humalog and Lantus. I also have P.T.S.D. And bipolar and schizofronic—I don’t know how to spell it. And they feed me

    carbs

all the time. As a diabetic I should be on a A.D.A. diet, but that’s not what I get here. My blood sugar stays high most of the time. I am supposed to check my blood sugar four times a day, but they only check it twice a day. I go to court on July 14.
The demonstration was wonderful, and I guess because y’all did it they kept us locked in our cells when we was suppose to come out. But that’s ok keep applying the pressure to them. Continue reading

‘I don’t know what I’m going to do now about a job or my living’

Hello,

How are you? Well, anyway they found me not guilty of felonies, thank Allah and Christ, if I had got found guilty of those charges I would have received 10 to 12 years. I put faith in Allah and Christ, that’s all they said I had to do, and I did.

My lawyer was pretty good. He fought for me. I thought he was working for the D.A, but he was not. They found me guilty of a misdemeanor because I was (at the scene)…That woman D.A. Kerr, she tried her best to find me guilty. Continue reading

It is all inmates who are mistreated

Although we don’t have all the details about what happened, we have no doubt that the kind of slightly preferential treatment described here does happen. In order to keep their populations from rebelling, jail and prison authorities need to try to exploit any divisions they can, including, and perhaps especially, racial ones.                                                                              

                                                                                                                9-30-13

My name is K.Y. I am currently detained in the Durham County jail and I am currently on lockback for 25 days and I fished a pencil out of the air vent to write this. If I get caught writing this I will get 25 days more lockback. I have been here since August 29. I saw two young Black inmates get into a fight. Both separated after the fight and they both kept trying to fight, pulling away from the c.o.s Both were put on lockback until the next morning one gets to come out. The one who didn’t throw the first punch and the other one sent to the hole. Continue reading

Police terror outside, medical denied inside

Hey (IOA),

I must say that I was surprised to hear from you out of the blue. It was an answer to one of my prayers. Because I truly need someone on my side. I have been in prison for over half my life but for some reason this time is different. I asked God to help and he is. I know he is because the proof is in your letter. 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.

Hey,

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