“Writing and actions gets things done…’

How are you? I’m doing ok myself. Hope this letter finds you in the best possible health and spirits. Yeah, when I got your letter typewritten it kind of threw me off (lol). Thanks for the latest feedback, keep them coming please.

Now, about the national anthem protests: I 100% couldn’t agree or say it better than Tom-Tom’s response! Well, the c.o.’s told us that Aramark would no longer be doing canteen and also the dude has been fired. Now, why he has, I have no clue. Different stories have been going around, like he got caught trying to bring drugs in, but I don’t know for sure. Maybe you could find out and let me know. I haven’t found out anything new about them locking us back for no reason, they won’t tell us nothing. No problem about letting you all know about the recreation situation—I hope they all get banished (Faulkner and Coleman) from this jail for good. Yeah, taking our spoons and cups are completely ridiculous and unsanitary, but like you said writing and actions gets things done… Continue reading

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‘I HATE DCDF and everything it stands for’

10/13/16

What’s up?

I’m ok. I could be better but I’m hanging in there. Thanks for writing back…You’re right about the mail, my wife sent me mail on the 6th of October and I received it on the 11th, how crazy is that? I’m also very ecstatic about the change in the food, it’s way more appetizing than Aramark. But anyway, they do all they can to try to make us seem irrelevant, but they can’t stop the mail services. So, with that being said I would like to see them try to stop us from writing you guys. Continue reading

‘Now I’m going through the same thing in Hillsborough’

Hello, how are you? Not sure who I’m writing by name, but I’m familiar with your work and organization. Y’all used to send me newsletters and stuff during my 22 and a half month stay in Durham County Jail from May 2012 to March 2014. I sat in there through lockbacks and all for a charge that was dismissed that I did not have anything to do with which I believe the police knew from the start. Continue reading

‘That’s not my son.’

I’m upset because that is not my son in there. Who I saw is not my son. He’s in there for something he didn’t do. The cops took down a description after a shooting for two guys, dark skinned, 6 foot 2 and 6 foot 3, and they arrest my son, who is about 5′ 7″, and his cousin, who is smaller than me (5’5″). It says so in the discovery. He didn’t do what they’re pinning on him, but he’s been in there since January. I visit him, and it’s not him anymore. He is just torn up by all this. He says he doesn’t have anything to live for, that nothing matters. People are trying to fight him in there, he’s not eating. He doesn’t want to live. That’s not like him. It’s not how he was before all this happened to him. And I worry what more time in this place will do to him.

–Tonya

‘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