‘I love writing, especially when we are trying to get something positive accomplished’


How are you? I’m doing ‘good’ as expected considering these negative circumstances: If I worry about the negative things in here, my time would go by slower and more painful; so I don’t worry. I am just very concerned about the jail and the judicial system! You all on the outside help to build my hopes up high to know that someone is fighting for us inmates in the DCDF. Continue reading


‘It’s rules within rules that aren’t even documented’

To whom it may concern,

My name is Deontae Richardson and I don’t care if you use my name. First off, let me say I personally work in the Durham County Jail kitchen and the infestation of fruit flies is getting out of control. I am ServSafe Certified, and I know that it’s against health regulations seeing these bugs flying and landing and crawling on the food people is going to eat. And the only thing I’ve seen was it get fanned like we’re at a cook out–it’s ridiculous. They came and sprayed, but it was a half job, because for one they’re still there, and it’s picking back up.  Continue reading

‘Without the move there is no movement’




I wanted to thank you for coming to visit me and did get to see you all out on Pettigrew Street. I get a thrill out of seeing all of you out there cause you all are doing it out of love for us. A lot of men and women don’t really realize how valuable you all (I.O.A.) have been to us. Your support means a lot. I still don’t know my situation on my pending charges (crazy).

As you know I’m a trustee. The officer came into the pod today and told all the kitchen guys, “If you all don’t go to work today the whole pod will be on lockback!” I thought to myself, ‘Damn–real live slavery. For real. That was some real slick shit on the police’s part, you know. Holding lockback over your head. The Aramark staff didn’t even show up to work this morning. The meals were late today cause the inmates mostly had to put it all together. Oh, yeah, and them trays are still waterlogged and greasy. I would volunteer my time to go down and remove all the bad trays, but I think that makes too much sense/common sense for Aramark or the staff at the jail that knows about this…

Still doin time,

John Weaver

“All they have to do is send people home and make sure that we come to court”

Note: In an October 2015 news release, Sheriff Andrews said the time out of cells had increased to 8 hours. Here is yet another report from inside refuting his claim: total time out = 6.5 hours.


You’re welcome. Anytime you need any information is fine with me. I’m so tired of the struggle being in here. It’s so hard especially when I didn’t do anything. They keep us locked back so much, like we’re animals. I’m OK, just taking it one day at a time, that’s all I can do. We come out every day 9-12:45 and 4-6:45. Wish we could stay out 9-10:45 at nite. A trustee is someone who has been here for a long minute. We clean the showers, clean up after each lock back, clean the rooms when someone leaves. One of the c.o.’s choose [who] it is. I wish I could work on work detail but my bond is too high. When your bond is high/real high, we can’t do work detail. All they have to do is send people home and make sure that we come to court…. Wish I could be out with you all instead of being in here. Yes it is very hard to deal with especially over the holidays. I’m trying to stay positive. It’s hard. Real hard. Thank you so much.


‘They use the jail to break a person down’

The following letter is from someone now in a state facility.


…I got the feedback and read it. It does bring back bad memories of that place (DCDF). I couldn’t believe the sick calls have gone up to $20 a visit. With the jail overcrowded, look for A LOT of pleas being taken.

They use the jail to break a person down to accept a plea. That is why the bonds are so high sometimes.  Continue reading

Aramark worker threatens inmate in kitchen, gets away with it

Name is D.L pod —, room — in the Durham Co. Jail. Been in jail since —. I have a problem illegal. I am a inmate, I used to work in the kitchen. It is this man who works in the kitchen, he is Aramark—some company—he work for the jail. My job is to wash pots, pans, cups, everything. So while I was doing that this man came to me and ask me to stop washing pots and come over here to help him fix some food. I told him no, my hands are wet with soap on them. About 5 men they wasn’t doing anything, I am the only one in the kitchen working. The Aramark man name is — got in my face called me a motherfucker dumb-ass black nigga, that’s why I am in jail. I told — why you talking to me like that. (He) told me this is my motherfucking kitchen, you do what I tell you to do. Continue reading

Exposing the Indecency of a Trusted System


Greetings “free” society and my fellow captives.

Anthony McInnis here, sounding an alarm loud enough to reach all tax paying citizens of Durham and remaining counties. In 2013, I was booked into Durham County Detention Center on a case that should have been a misdemeanor. Due to my consistent stance to refuse plea offers for active time and an inability to post bond, I remained in jail for eleven months. In N. Carolina, the accumulation of a criminal background basically guarantees you a prison term, partly because you’re sick of having to endure such a dehumanizing experience, but mainly because we usually can’t afford a paid lawyer

The whole community needs to know that: Durham County inmates spend almost eighteen hours a day in cells that remain cold year round. Two inmates often share a cell designed for only one man. Meals by Aramark are almost inhumane with no fruit and processed meat patties. Dinner consists of two sandwiches (thin) and an excuse for dessert. It is served at four pm and breakfast does not arrive until six am (13 hours!). Meals are served on trays and lids that are completely outdated and contain dishwater from weeks earlier. Inmates load these trays each day assembly-line style and carry out all the duties of the food service process. They do not earn money nor does any other man on jail work detail.

Now let us consider the following points:

  • N. Carolina acquires over 85% of its court convictions from those who accept plea offers.
  • Today, significant numbers of young Black males are populating the jail, particularly 16, 17, and 18 year olds.
  • No other group has been affected by American criminal justice like the Black community.
  • At least 80% of the incarcerated in the state are Black males.

It is simply impossible to justify the mass incarceration of over 2.1 million people in America, the vast majority of them Blacks who represent only 12% of the total population.

– Chapel Hill Resident,

Anthony McInnis


P.O. Box 839

Vanceboro, NC 28586