Dear D____ this writer is a friend seeking help. I would like to start off by thank you for everything you did for us. Its very bad in here They feed us sandwiches and expect for it to fill us up. Then its been like 2 ½ weeks before they give us canteen that we paid for it like they treat us like slaves. The food be so fake it don’t be cooked all the way. I been here going on 180 days on the 17. Its like the higher rank sergeants don’t care for us they talk dirty to judge us. Can you please help us they lock us down a lot. They hang our calls up its so bad they try to tase us.
We only come out two times a day 9am-12:45 and 4:00-6:00 and that’s it. Our family have to pay to put money on our books. They charge us $0.80 for one soup. Slaves had more freedom than us. We have to pay $20.00 to see a nurse the only way we go for free if it’s a life or death situation its sad I would like for you to go help us. Then the lawyers try to make us take the worst plea when they know you when they know you ain’t do it. Its crazy. Law office of Matthew Charles Suczynski
Pues aquí andamos, esperando que pase el tiempo para ver resultados… pues que le cuento
“lo mismo de siempre”
Celdas frías, muy poquita comida, la mayoría de los guardias racistas con los hispanos. Algunos se creen los dueños de uno. La cantina muy cara etc. Pues ya ni modos no nos queda otra cosa namas que aguantar el sistema de aquí… que es de puritita injusticia, pero que bueno que exista el grupo Alianza Dentro Afuera y sepa de este sistema de injusticia sigan así puro para adelante les mando mi apoyo desde aquí adentro!!! Muchísimas gracias por la carta. Y por acordarse de uno
Well, here we are, hoping that the time passes to see results…. So what can I tell you…
“the same as always”
Cold cells, very little food, the majority of the guards being racist to Hispanics. Some thing that they own you. The canteen is really expensive, etc. Well, at this point there is nothing left for us but to withstand the system here… which is PURE injustice, but how great that Inside-Outside Alliance exists and knows about this injustice system, keep moving forward, I give you my support from inside!!! Thank you so much for the letter and for remembering us.
This letter is from a former Durham Jail detainee about his time there
This topic is long over-due; so is replacing CCS contract over-seeing the health care and daily needs, such as dieting, exercising, mental, and scheduling medical and dental care here in Durham County Jail. I myself have been keeping up with their methods, response time, med cart, their all around services to the detainees here in DCJ.
I myself am disgusted with their service and excuses and in many ways shocked as to how people keep allowing this third party medical service to keep providing sorry to none health services in which each year around the end of June, re-appy for the medical contract. If people here in Durham don’t stop this malpractice.
Or; its up to us and keep dying off or paying $120 and get a form to sue this city. Know if us detainees in this jail had money like this to sue, we would have a medical card for a doctor on the outside which they would prefer anyway! I left with waiting two and a half months for acute dental needs, and like many here I left without being seen by the dentist, just to have medical tell me I was on the list and they aren’t the one’s who choose who’s next!
I myself talked to the dentist and where they even agreed with my concerns stating that there was an average of 75 people each week here in Durham County Jail with severe acute dental needs and that they offered to come more than 4 hours a week on Monday nights and no holidays, never the less their request was turned down.
The only thing that’s positive toward medical staff and not dental care is you get 120 days straight with motrin without too much hassle. Even though having been diagnosed with severe liver damage by an outside doctor, doesn’t hold any weight with all these meds I’m taking for a seat in the dental chair!
Even though I’ve tried so hard to let those who care on the outside know what really happens with our health needs in Durham County Jail. My attempts no matter even coming from an outside dentist who is very good, has been distorted by excuses laying all blame on others.
Gov. Roy Cooper
We here at Inside Outside Alliance would like for you to ask yourself a question; since 2017 Mr. Cooper has stated that the SBI’s labs average time for DNA, once shipped, would take seven and a half months before returning to the District Attorney’s or responsible parties who controls one’s case! I myself was shafted by detective Stevenson from Durham County’s Police Department. She and the D.A. Stormy Ellison kept my DNA for 6 months before sending to the SBI lab, in of course delays your possibility for a fair trial until DNA is returned to proper law enforcement personnel. If this still continues, you could blame Sheriff Mike Andres for allowing such disregard for a fair time trial!
Hola—— (english below)
Como este espero que muy bien muchas gracias for escribirme. Yo estoy muy confundido no estoy como quisiera estoy muy deprimido triste por que nunca he estado en la cárcel siento que mi vida aki termina por que yo aki encerrado y mi mama sufriendo con su enfermedad y yo no puedo hacer nada para poder ayudarlo siento que todo es mi culpa me siento asi por que yo no puedo hacer nada ya perdí todo por que soy un imigrante no tengo ningún derecho ahora ya estoy con imigracion me van a deportar a mexico y eso me pone muy triste por que casi toda mi vida he estado trabajando aki y yo hera quien ayudaba a mi mama y a mi abuela yo ayudaba a mi mama por que no tengo papa y yo soy el único que ayuda a mi mama. Ella no puede trabajar y ahora a mi me pasa esto pues no es justo 12 años trabajando sin parar en este país y de pronto se me termina asi no creo que es bueno por que aki voy a dejar todo lo que tengo y lo unico que tengo que es mi hijo pero bueno no se lo que vaya a pasa con mi vida lo único que se que si me deprimo mas no voy aguantar mas aki. Me siento solo no tengo a nadie aki estoy solo y triste. Solo me alegro mucho cuando recibí tu carta muchas gracias por eso me dio un poco de ánimo. Muchas gracias que diosito le cuide siempre lo bendiga quisiera contar un poco mas de mi historia, pero es muy largo. Muchas gracias
Dios es amor
How Are you I hope really good thanks for writing me. I am very confused I am not how I would like to be I am very depressed and sad because I have never been in jail and I feel that here my life will end because I am here incarcerated and my mom is suffering from her illness and I can’t do anything to help her. I feel that everything is my fault I feel this way because I can’t do anything now and I already lost everything because I am an immigrant. I don’t have any rights now, I am already with immigration they are going to deport me to mexico and this makes me very sad because almost my whole life I have been working here and I was who helped my mom and my grandma, and I helped my mom because I don’t have a dad and I am the only one who helps my mom. She can’t work and now this is happening to me, well its not fair after 12 years of working non-stop in this country and all of the sudden it ends and I don’t think that’s good because here I will leave everything I have, and the only thing I have is my son, but yea, I don’t know what will happen with my life, the only thing I know is that I am getting more and more depressed and I can’t take anymore here. I feel lonely and I don’t have anyone here, I am all alone and sad. Getting your letter made me happy, thanks so much because this lifted my spirits a little. Thank you and may god watch over you and bless you. I would like to tell you a little of my story, but it is very long. Thank you.
God is love.
How are you doing? Me, I’m good, just trying to get through this bid. First and foremost, I want to thank you for taking the time out the day to write me, not many people do it. Anyhow, you like Durham? Believe it or not, I’ve been here all my life and I still haven’t seen the whole city lol. It must have been fun to travel around the world, I hope I get a chance to one day. A little about myself: I’m 24, most people say I’m funny, but mostly I’m laid back. As you already know, I’m locked up smh. It’s all good though, because if everything go right, I’m going to be out by the end of the year. It doesn’t really matter, but I was wondering how you got my info? I would describe myself to you, but you probably already did your research on e and looked up my mugshot. I’m not use to this whole pen pal thing so I’m sorry if this kite is short or boring to you. Hopefully as time go by my conversation we get better. So you like to play the guitar, do you play other people song or do you make your own? I’m not going to front, since I’ve been in here I’ve been doing my thing with the music, hopefully I can get signed when I get out. To be real I’m praying that it keeps me out of trouble, but my words are getting short so whenever you want to talk I’m here, keep your head up and keep up the good work.
ps. If you write me, I write back.
Thank you all, for being one of the few words to let us know somebody really does care. Inmates sometimes may go through a lot. Then, when you have officers. That chooses to come to work here. Gives you a harder problems. With their nasty attitudes. Just, like, they didn’t tell us to come to jail. We didn’t take them tell them to get a job here.
You have some officers. Who’s attitudes are so bad, and rude. They should be happy “were here”. Cause, they probably couldn’t find Any other type of work. I have this place. Jail isn’t supposed to be fun, but it’s okay to not be disrespectful and rude. When you are asking “I mean it”, tellin us to do something. Officers are quick to say, put in a grievance cause they know nothing will be done. That’s why officers are quick to say do it.
When you first get here, and no matter how many times you come back. Before you are let into population you have to watch this video. At the end of the video the sheriff says, while you’re here you will be treated with dignity and respect. We are disrespected when he said that.
I do want to write more. But cause of my anxiety, I have to write a little at a time. But again, thanks for thinking about us.
Oh please, can you please them stop giving us milk in plastic, instead of a milk carton. The employees drink milk out of a carton.