‘There is a lot of c.o.’s who hate y’all–we say fuck them’



How are you? I hope this letter gets to you in good spirits. I’m sorry it took me a hot min to get back at you. I just had a lot going on with my case and I been here going on 19 months, too. SMH. I got to say I do be getting all your letters, too. I also want to thank you all for them feedbacks, too. I like them a lot and whenever y’all put one out just make sure I get one. Continue reading

“They All Need to be Kicked in the Ass”

Daughter of man who died in jail custody in 2015 still wants answers.

Medical Examiner’s Reports Point to Inaction and Incompetence by Jail Staff in Dennis McMurray’s death

In the days after the death of Matthew McCain last month, we found out about the death of two men in Durham County Jail in 2015. Although we still know nothing about the circumstances of Raphael Bennett’s death this past August, we know quite a bit about the death of Dennis McMurray in jail custody in January 2015. Although his daughter, Shakiyla Young, tried to get answers and media coverage at the time of her father’s death, she was rebuffed. She initially got out her story here, but she’s ready to tell more and make some demands on the sheriff’s office. We also include here the autopsy and toxicology reports from the state chief medical examiner’s office, along with some very basic questions that call to account the jail staff for its utter incompetence in preserving human life.


The biggest, most glaring and horrifying fact is the complete lack of accountability and follow up by people in the sheriff’s office, which continues to this day. Here are some basic facts Shakiyla wants to share: Continue reading

Rise and Roar: From Inside the Jail and Into the Streets, We Say No More

from The Lion King Welcoming Committee of Inside-Outside Alliance:


The Lion King returns to DPAC for a month of shows beginning February 16 and running through March 20. A lot of money will flow through the city-owned performing arts center, and a lot of money will go to the Nederlander Organization, which runs the Broadway performances that come to DPAC. Meanwhile, just across Mangum Street, at the Durham County Jail, people continue to suffer and die from medical neglect. Less than a month ago, 29-year-old Matthew McCain died in his cell. Numerous accounts indicate that Matthew received poor medical care for his diabetes, and that he was not treated properly after an altercation he had with another inmate. He did not have to die. Nor did Dennis McMurray, a previously healthy 52-year-old man who died in the jail in January of 2015. Thirty-year-old Raphael Bennett died in the jail in August 2015 under unknown circumstances. The jail, and the sheriff’s department which runs it, has had little to say about these deaths and the repeated accounts of medical and nutritional neglect, as well as brutality and harassment by officers. They deflect questions and never take responsibility for anything. This needs to stop now. Continue reading

‘I just want the pain to stop…’

When I first entered this jail I was asked if I had any medical problems, I told the medical staff yes I did. Prior to entering this jail I was involved in a car accident where I told my AC joint in my shoulder and damaged my rotary cuff. My AC joint was about healed but my rotary cuff was not and still isn’t, it will require surgery. The doctor and the nurses have reviewed my medical records from Duke where I was receiving the treatment I needed which would eventually lead to surgery. Continue reading

No More Jail Deaths! Demo and March this SATURDAY

All Out for Matthew McCain and Dennis McMurray!

2 pm meet at CCB Plaza (Corcoran/Parrish/Chapel Hill Sts) March to the Jailimage

Matthew McCain and Dennis McMurray were beloved fathers living in Durham, NC. They are just two examples of community members who have died due to medical neglect while locked up at the Durham County Jail. At least three people have died while in custody at the Durham County Jail in the last year. On top of that the Durham County Jail tried to cover up these deaths and purposefully ignored and misled Matthew and Dennis’s family members when they sought more information. On Saturday we say their names and demand an end to deaths at the Durham County Jail along with a full community led, independent investigation of the Jail. #JusticeforMatthew #JusticeforDennis#WeBelievePrisoners

Ashley and Matthew

“They covered up my dad’s death, and they got away with it”


Daughter of man who died one year ago in jail custody speaks out

January 27, 2016

As has come to light, Matthew McCain is not the only person to have died while in custody at the Durham jail in the past year or so. According to the Herald-Sun, the sheriff’s department has said two people died in the jail in 2015. We have not heard anything about one of these deaths. However the facts surrounding the death of Dennis McMurray last January are as sickening as what happened to Matthew McCain last week. Continue reading

‘They use violence to subdue us but we wrong for using violence back’

The following letters came to us late last week.

Here is Genapher’s note of explanation: The one letter was mailed out on 11/9 and returned to me 12/22. The other letter was mailed out on 11/25 and was returned back to me 12/22. They say the address was wrong when I know it was right. Hope y’all had a good Christmas. Please don’t give up protesting. Continue reading

‘This is state-sponsored or funded madmen’

The following letter is from a state inmate who was serving time in Durham jail until he suffered a major hip injury in an altercation with other inmates.

Hey —,

Got your letter, thanks. I also got a letter from — that’s part of IOA. He liked something I said. It made me happy. It is a true blessing to have found like-minded folks out there. It was strange for years, I was like, “Are y’all reading this shit?” All my friends like to drink. It has destroyed my life. They maintain. They agree, but it is hard when you are fear stricken. Where I lived with my buddy for years in Durham on Vickers Ave, walking distance to the jail in 10 min. Anyway, we got tickets for having a beer on the sidewalk while we were working on a broken truck. Continue reading

‘They need to SHUT THIS JAIL DOWN’

  • There’s no fresh air here nor any way to exercise!
  • The mats we sleep on are flat and dirty!


Thanks for protesting for us. The medical here is shit. They don’t help us. The food is not good, always cold and very unhealthy. The officers who work here treat us like shit, excuse my language. They talk to us like we’re dogs. The whole entire jail is nasty and unfit to live in. There’s no kind of schooling. It’s very cold in here year round. Continue reading