“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

Being in 23/1

We venture to guess many people would be surprised to hear there is solitary confinement at the Durham County Detention Center. The writer sends his message from there. He alludes to the mysterious death of Terry D. Lee, who died in segregation unit in March of this year.


Hey buddy, how’s your day or shall I say afternoon? I’m depressed as usual being in 23/1. It seems every inmate corresponds to you end up in the hole. 🙂 I’m a die hard IOA fan-LOL-I guess.

Hey, my pals who have no money wants you to write to them and help them with their struggle. ______, ________, _________, ________: my fellow friends in the seg unit in Durham County Jail.

Please send some great books. I have finished the others (from Prison Books Colllective).

Oh, by the way, thanks for the last books and put my fellows names down for books. The names above will write to you and speak about seg unit. It’s really bad back here in the hole where inmates have suspiciously died and passed away.

Please write to the guys I’ve gave you the names of above. They don’t believe me when I talk about you (all).

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