‘It’s never been about the people’

Dear IOA,
I’m honored to have received a letter from you. I don’t know if you picked my name from random off the DCJ website or what, all I know is it brightened my day up. Lord knows I need as much light as I can get in this dark place. God truly does work in mysterious ways. I saw y’all protesting (last week) and it was the first protest I’ve ever witnessed with my very own eyes. I was impressed to say the least. Continue reading

The only thing I want is to see my family so I can hug them

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Hey,

How you doing? I’m sorry I haven’t written, I’ve been going through a lot. As you can see I’m already in prison I took the plea. I could not write sooner because I had to go through processing, and I did not have any stamps and it took 2 weeks to get my I.D. so I could order canteen, but everything is good. There’s a gym with basketball courts and we have a weight room, everything else is good. But the only thing that really sucks is the lockdown. Continue reading

‘They will do whatever it takes to quell the fire”

from a comrade in a state facility:

Greetings my brotha in struggle, how is life treating you out there? I hope all is well with you and your family. On my end, I am continuing to fight for my freedom and also my correction of status. I’ve been meaning to write to you to thank you for sending me the pamphlet, even though they didn’t allow it in (LOL). Anything of that nature is immediately turned around, destroyed, or confiscated. Continue reading

‘Our unity is this jail’s weakness’

The following manifesto hits on so many things directly affecting Durham inmates and points to a way out of this mess. It deserves a wide audience and to be read to the end. 

Greetings friends and brothers,

I’m so glad to have found you. I’ve always been one to fight for a cause and now I know I’m not fighting alone which is a blessing. So many places to begin. First thing first my brothers WE MUST UNITE. Leave the street lifestyle on the street. These c.o.s fear unity. How can I be sure? Years ago an inmate told me about a strike he put together which the C.O.s quickly disassembled and separated inmates. The thing is these officers are NO smarter than the rest of us. Truly knowledge is power. Why do you think we are all so repressed? Because they want you to believe they are superior to you.  Continue reading

“…I Never Stop Fighting”

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How are you, my friend? It’s been a little while since I have heard from you, as far as I go I am still hanging in there. I took the STARR and Grad program which is a really, really good program believe it or not, but not much has changed on my end but some things are making progress the (police) complaint form you turned in for me got an investigator to come see me and get the ball rolling in on that. Continue reading

‘I don’t know what I’m going to do now about a job or my living’

Hello,

How are you? Well, anyway they found me not guilty of felonies, thank Allah and Christ, if I had got found guilty of those charges I would have received 10 to 12 years. I put faith in Allah and Christ, that’s all they said I had to do, and I did.

My lawyer was pretty good. He fought for me. I thought he was working for the D.A, but he was not. They found me guilty of a misdemeanor because I was (at the scene)…That woman D.A. Kerr, she tried her best to find me guilty. Continue reading

I call it as I see it

It’s always good to hear from you and to know that you’re still out there fighting for what’s right and the oppressed. Yeah, and me of all people know about the struggles of life, but you keep focused and roll with the punches and keep moving forward. Continue reading

Where is the judicial economy in that?

An old addiction got the best of the writer and ensnared him in the law’s web. Despite intense pressure and a bleak future, he won’t give in to the state’s power, and keeps on rebelling.

 Hey man! Great 2 hear from you… I received two letters from you this week. The first had a questionnaire enclosed…Can you send 10-12 of these and I’ll get the guys to fill them out! Also got stamps, it will help me write all these agencies for our attack on PayTel. Aramark commissary is NEXT! One at a time. I can possibly ‘tie’ the pencil rule into the phones like this: Both the cost of phone calls and regulation of pencils hinder our right to due process by impeding our access to courts, contact with legal representation, and chilling our sense of privacy of correspondence by having to write in the dayroom under camera and other prying eyes. No, that won’t work…best to leave the phone issue by itself, right? Of which I ask you to go to WalMart or follow directions from the PayTel website and put a $10 credit on your phone. Why? Because it gives you “standing” in the inevitable lawsuit. You will have been affected by the PRICE GOUGING and UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICE. This goes out to anybody at IOA who have either put PayTel on their phone or bought an inmate a calling card.

Lawyer came Sunday and it’s official. The state’s plea offer is 144-185 months (12-15 ½ years). Total theft and damage of the new charges is under $1,000. So where is the judicial economy in that? My lawyer says drug court is out of the question. The ADA wants me to do active time.

My original charges that I was in here for last year I still have not been to trial on, and the 12-15 ½ years includes those (that I’m not guilty of!) and the pressure from that episode is a major contributor to my relapsing!! They have no compassion. If I do not make bond I will spend the rest of my life in prison, basically.

…For now, I’ll work on the complaint against PayTel.

                                                                                                One love,

                                                                                                K.D.S.

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