If I had a place to stay I wouldn’t get in half as much trouble

What’s up?

I’m doing pretty good. Yesterday my (visitor) came all the way from Virginia to come see me and put money on my account. So this is kind crazy because this is my second visit in two and a half months. In a way I feel like my (relative) don’t care about me because she came to see me the first week I got here. She said she would come see me more often and hasn’t. 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.                                                                              


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

C.O. taunts: ‘No matter what, I get to go home’

Hey ____,

What’s up! I’m glad to hear back from you. I’m still waiting for a court date, so in the meantime I’m just sitting here in Durham County jail. I had about 5 court dates in the past 3 months and haven’t been to any of them. I recently had an altercation with a c.o. because she wouldn’t pop my cell door open. Continue reading

Remembrance: “They left that man to wander with no way home or any help”

The following is about Tracy Bost, killed by NCCU police Sept. 23rd. He had been released from Durham jail the day before. We offer it as an important forum for a prisoner to remember him, and to counter media depictions of the deceased as a wanderer and career criminal.

To: ______, Inside-Outside Alliance

From: O.C.

Re: Remembrance

Date: 9/30/13

…(D)id I know Tracy Bost. I knew him very well. He not only slept beside me in the hole, he was my homeboy. Continue reading

Locked back for disrespect

What’s up,

The name of the sergeant (who beat on me) is Sgt. Black.

Yes, I hear some of the banging and yelling (at demonstrations) and the signs to think about when I was on lockback for 25 days. That is when I saw you all in front of the DPAC building. Some of y’all was in the street when the fire truck was trying to get by. Anyway, thanks for the books you sent me. I’m almost done with Precious. I’m sorry about not writing sooner. I just paid for a pencil so I can use it in my room from an inmate… Continue reading

The mentally ill are lower than animals to society

The more cuts made to mental health services, the more harm is done, and the more folks end up locked up.


I hope you are well…


Man, me and all the mentally ill are lower than animals to society. I’m reading a book called Street Crazy by Stephen B. Seager it’s really opening my eyes.streetcrazy I’m sorry to hear about your friend. Man, this world is cruel. What happened with Derek Walker is so unnecessary. They should fire that cop.


I read somewhere (former NC Gov.) Beverly Perdue was making half a million a year. Lol. Thanks for ‘natural life’ being the new life sentence. Anyway, I know change starts by helping each other out. My case could’ve been avoided if (I could have gotten some help). ..


I hate that in 1483 or around that time Pope Innocent VIII had these two professors find out the cause to mental illness. They said ‘it’s the devil and mentally ill folk are the devil,’ so the Pope sanctioned a murderous frenzy of the mentally ill. The Egyptians and Greeks had it right with their rationalism and great pity on the sick but plagues caused people to turn from that and to a murderous religion. Anyway, all this aint new. We are very stupid creatures.






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.


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

“From the top to the bottom”

Dear ______,

I hope you are in good health. Thank you for the books (by way of Internationalist Prison Books Collective), _____, ______, and _______. I know I’m going to enjoy reading them. Reading is a way for me to escape this sad place. Continue reading

“It’s Not Working, None of It”: A Beating Recalled, No Opportunities, and Kids Inside

The writer gives details on c.o.’s beating an inmate that was referred to in earlier posts. Attempts have been made to contact the man who was beaten to get a fuller story. His name is withheld to protect him.

Dear ______,

It is good to have a name to put with whom I am writing. So, let’s talk about the beating (occurred in Jan. 2013):

I was laying on my bunk reading and heard an argument and it was S (inmate) arguing with Harris Continue reading