Sheriff smacks his lips, says food is mmm, mmm, good

From William, outside of DCDF:

I spent about two months in the jail and got out last month (October). I worked in the kitchen for part of the time I was in there. That was eye-opening. It really shows what they think of us—that we’re less than human. Or worse than animals. Funny thing though, one day the sheriff himself (Mike Andrews) comes up there, him and one of his Uncle Tom assistants, and they say, ‘Give us some of what you’re serving there.’ And then they’re all eating it, like, ‘mmm, this is good. Ain’t nothing wrong with this food at all. We can’t see what nobody’s complaining about. If it’s good enough for us, it’s good enough for them. Nope, nothing wrong with this food at all.’ If I remember correctly, they ate about three bites, and then they were gone. It was all just a show. The food is awful, not fit for humans to eat (and there’s not enough, anyway). Those guys weren’t fooling no one.


‘I feel like I am in a P.O.W. camp’


How are you? Thanks for the letter, and thanks for your support with Inside-Outside Alliance. Please tell everyone that comes out on Fridays and protest that I said thanks very, very much. I’m in decent spirits but am not doing well at all.

I can speak for myself that medical will and do neglect people. I had put in a sick call telling them that I can’t eat bologna or salami. Their response was we have no control of what food they put on trays, and we do not have special diet trays. So I tried to eat the bologna, and the salami but every time I would vomit, so I sent another sick call to medical and this time their response was ‘get around it.’ Continue reading

Aramark delivers ‘biggest lie ever’ about damaged food trays

a follow up to this story


Thank you for writing back so swiftly. I am so grateful to know God has put and I.O.A. in my path! To answer you about my letter being a copy, the answer is yes. I was blessed to attend — here and — made copies for me. This was because he knew that mail was interfered with when they see you alls name on the letter. I also sent a copy to my lawyer, —. I can’t give you the — name because I gave him my word I wouldn’t involve him. But with that said, he has my full support and also was the person who told me about you all. I have still been subjected to eat from these trays. I go to medical at least four times a week. Continue reading

‘A system that worked against us since birth’


For one I know for a fact that they may just be giving ya’ll the run-around until ya’ll give up and submit. The reason why I say this cause the other day I asked on the kiosk for my next set court date. The very next day they tell me released. News that if I didn’t decide to look further into myself I would have been disappointed. So I put in a well-detailed response stating who I was and what was put as my earlier response from the people who handle that stuff (Idk who). 3-4 days later the response was “No comment given”–like I said, the run around. As for Aramark and GlobalTel, lord knows they’re making a killing. Everything on Aramark is extremely taxed. The new phone company they got–boy! A ten dollar phone card on the outside world is 17 dollars. 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

Lock back mode


Thought I would write and tell you what’s going on in the Durham County Jail. I’m sure you’re aware that our free time has been the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., 4:00 – 6:45 p.m. and generally sometime between 9:00 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. On March 6th all of that changed. Now we only get out of our cells six hours a week. The whole jail has been on lock back mode since and they’re trying to do it permanently they say. It’s like a damn maximum security prison. I’ve been here almost 9 months and still haven’t been to court or given a plea. The food is alright except for dinner. They give you two sandwiches, cake, applesauce and that’s at 4:30-5:00 p.m. That means you have to go 13 hours with nothing to eat if you don’t have canteen till the next morning. I’d appreciate it if you could let everybody know what’s going on in this F’d up place.

T. S.

Frozen by the day


To my readers: I’m writing you from my freezer. That’s right! I said, freezer. The room I’m in is just like a freezer. There’s no heat in the Durham Co. Jail. They keep you locked down 17 hours a day. In this freezer they call a room, I have to put on everything I own. Just to sleep at night. I’m 51 years old. And they will not give me two blankets just to stay warm. One day, someone will die in one of these rooms. By freezing to death. It’s part of the plea system from the courthouse. As well as how they feed you. You know they feed us syrup and dry bread for breakfast. Every Monday morning.

We need help in this jail. Or some of us are going to die here. Durham has the highest conviction rate. Because no one wants to die in jail. And it will happen. If no one tries to help us. The ADA, and public defenders office are working together. To keep you here. Look how long you have to wait to get to court. I’m 7 months in my self. I only have one charge. And it’s not so bad. The system – send help.



p.s. Can you send me some books to read? I’m having a hard time with patience. I could also use some stamps. I don’t have money to buy any. And if I put ‘No Funds’ on my letter, it may get to you. It may not. There’s a lot I need to tell you about this jail stuff. My mom was hospitalized with cancer. Had surgery. Sargent Brown would not allow me a phone call to see how she is doing. I need your help. Let the people know how we are being treated in here.

‘We might as well be sleeping outside’


Dear I.O.A.

What’s up, glad you finally received my letter sooner than later. It always brighten my day up when I receive a letter from you right along with the monthly feedbacks. I just wanted to say I did receive more books to read, which was wonderful.  Continue reading


We’re getting these sandwiches, small-ass sandwiches, not much in the middle, a bit of applesauce, and a ‘dessert.’ And a few times now we’ve had sandwiches at two meals. We’re supposed to get two hot meals a day, and they try to say ‘we heat up the meat.’ It’s lunch meat. This time in here, Everybody hungry. I’m hungry. Everybody hungry. EVERYBODY. The other meals, they tryin to make them look healthier, but they don’t fill you. People are hungry, man. All times of day. At night, guys will be like, ‘I’m hungry.’ And the c.o. just says: ‘Buy commissary.’ That’s all he says. That is not an answer.

On medical: “I would not want to be sick in this place. (this guy) had a seizure last week, and was on the ground for five minutes. Guys were helping him, or trying to, and the c.o.’s are just lookin’ at him, doin nothing. Everybody said (he) should have been brought to Duke (hospital), but (he) wasn’t. They didn’t want to spend the money.”