Signing their life away

Dear ____,

How’s it going? Well I hope everything is well and ok for you and the family at I.O.A. Like I said it’s good to know we have a voice out there and we’re not forgotten. The stories the inmates write about the officers, the nurses and the so-called higher ups are true. I Continue reading

“All of us are living with these circumstances”

The writer below hits upon a key point, that has nothing to do with the different faculties (IQ) or interests an earlier writer wrote about here. In his writings, Karl Marx predicted a growing revolt against exploitation, by an ever-increasing class, “disciplined, united, organized by the very mechanism of the process of capitalist production itself.” If the contemporary working class numbers more and more people who find themselves behind bars, can we also expect a rise in rebellions there?

Hello IOA,

My name is D.D.. I am an inmate at the Durham County Detention Facility. I learned about you through another inmate. I read your Feedback pamphlet Volume 1-May 2013. And, yes, it was very true about a lot of the things that are in there. I have been here 10 months and still NO court date, and the walls are gray, the clothing is orange, the phones are broken, the food is garbage, and all of us are living with these circumstances. Continue reading

Way to Crap on Us, Society!



How are ya? I’m over here trying to stay positive. I’m taking one day at a time. I read the newsletter, got it from another inmate. The things said are very true and sadly they still go on along with other injustices. Continue reading

Officers beat inmate while the Sarge watches

Not that it makes it any less awful if it’s not but the question must be asked: Is this kind of brutality a daily occurrence on Pettigrew and Mangum?

Hello AVI Readers,

Happy to let you know SOMEBODY cares about you and your well beings. I’ve sent a lot in my few months in Durham County and it’s never gotten any better. I’m currently in the “Hole” and when I got here a guy a few cells down was beat up and jumped by two c.o’s. The two C.O.’s and the sergeant–YES THE SARGE!–came to his cell, cuffed and beat him while the Sarge just watched as if the man was wrong. I guess he was talking too loud thru the pod joking and the C.O. thought it was about him. Sad but true my friends.

Oh and what was said on the news about a guy who hung himself in 3D a while ago? Nothing! Something’s got to give and it starts with our voices, “AMPLIFIED VOICES!!!” Yes we’re in their custody but we still have Rights! Peace brothers.


Durham Court System Hates its Citizens!

The writer talks about the city he loves, paranoid guards, and, the possibility of inmate democracy.

Hey AVI,

How’s things going? Hopefully well. I’ve been alright for the most part but I’ve been really annoyed by the guards’ sergeant harassing us! Again! Remember I told you bout the Sgt. tripping over us exercising intensely? Continue reading