‘…going like in slavery days’




Thank you for writing me. I am in court — or that week and thank you for calling my lawyer for me. I am doing fine. I am still in this jail, going like I am in slavery days. We can’t practice our religion freely here. I am a Muslim who can’t have a prayer rug to pray on or have Islamic services here at this jail like the Christian faith have services and we can’t. And medical charge me $20.00 for a sick call about the bites I’m getting from bed bugs that this jail is not doing anything about. I still have staph infection (see attached, from 7.15.16) and medical or staff haven’t given me anything for this matter. I haven’t gotten the new mattress or antibiotic soap. I was given all-in-one shampoo and it don’t have antibiotic soap in it and I still have staph infection right now. Please tell everybody about this!

Sincerely your friend,




Baptism Ceremony: Publicity Stunt or Nah?


I’d like to thank you for the books and for writing me. As you may not know I’m a preacher by the call of God awaiting my day of release from this pending issue. I noticed you would visit and any – is fine as often as you’d like. I also have your number but I’d prefer calling when it’s something worth calling for because GlobalTel is a total monstrosity. As you may have heard it’s a claim that individuals have been supposedly sending drugs of some sort in the mail embedded in stamps, so we can no longer receive assistance from any outsiders. We are demanded to buy their stamps on commissary (Ridiculous!!) Continue reading

‘The only thing left is to beat me’

Hi, my name is Joseph Clayton. I’m currently an inmate in the Durham County Jail. I’ve been here since January 4th 2015, so I’ve been here since the lockback started. I have several concerns. First, I’m a diabetic. My first two months I wasn’t given the correct medication. As a result, my vision had started getting bad. And I experienced weight loss and weird headaches and dizziness. Continue reading

Just. Like. You.

the inmate wrote this specifically for the jail protest, and was originally read in front of the jail on 7/10/15.

To those will truly listen,

I am an inmate at the Durham County Jail and have been for 16 months. But for one brief moment please do not see me as just an inmate. For one breath see me as a son, or a father, an uncle, or brother. See me as our forefathers saw me when they drafted the constitution. For it doesn’t matter if I am innocent or guilty, black or white, male or female. I am a person…Just. Like. You.

The reason why I bring my plea to you today is because I and 600 other people just like me are being mistreated everyday–right in your backyard. For most of us we don’t have thousands of dollars for expensive attorneys or strong political connections to help our voice be heard. To most people we are inmates–we do not deserve to be heard, and any mistreatment we receive we do deserve.

Hopefully you are amassed today because you actually care about the treatment of people. If so, then I share with you today the injustices in Durham County Jail.  Continue reading

Lies and more lies

We got the letters from the sheriff slid under our doors around 2 AM the night of the protest (April 17). This letter, just like their statement on the news, is full of lies.

He says that it is not punishment but implemented for safety issues. If that were the case–why were all of the blocks placed on lockdown instead of the offending parties?

He states that it has to do with assaults on officers–even you said that on the news they said it was because an inmate overpowered an officer–this is not true. Even when one of us so much as kicks his door or refuses to go to his/her room, they “call code,” which means they speak a code over the radios, and any free officer in the building rushes to that block in case they need to get “physical.” I’ve witnessed officers break up fights between inmates and beat them in their faces with their fists just cause they were mad or just cause they could. No inmate(s) would jump on an officer cause we know that we might not survive it. Continue reading