Tag Archive: anti-prison

New Blog Seeks To Amplify The Voices Of Durham Prisoners

durhamAmplify Voices Inside is a new blog put out by a group of concerned individuals from Durham. The blog seeks to amplify the voices of Durham’s incarcerated population and their loved ones. The blog was started as a response to a letter sent by inmates inside the Durham County Jail protesting their conditions. The letter received poor media coverage, so the blog’s authors created this blog to help expose the abuse at Durham County Jail and be a resource for the incarcerated and their families.  They are seeking more stories from folks inside Durham Jail and their family and friends.

Warden in Prisoner Hot Sauce Abuse Relieved of Duties

(from NBC-17, also click here to view a clip of the 11pm nightly news, which features the prison books collective)

The warden at a North Carolina prison where inmates said they were forced to rub hot sauce on their genitals has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of an investigation.

Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Pamela Walker said Tuesday that Sampson Correctional Institution administrator Lafayette Hall would be assigned to other duties while the State Bureau of Investigation probes what happened at the Clinton facility. A second employee also has been reassigned.

Six inmates allege correctional officers forced them to perform numerous humiliating acts, including gulping hot sauce and slathering it on themselves, resulting in painful blisters. The male inmates also reported being forced to simulate sex acts for the entertainment of the guards, as well as to capture and kiss wild snakes while working on a road crew.

Thief Breaks Into NC Prison to Steal Copper

(from capitalist press…)

SALISBURY, N.C. — Police in Salisbury are looking for the rare thief who’s apparently eager to go to prison.

The Salisbury Post reports (http://bit.ly/GDMtXc ) that someone broke into the Piedmont Correctional Institution, stole copper from an air conditioning unit and escaped.

The theft was discovered Monday morning. Salisbury Police Capt. Sheila Lingle says no arrests have been made.

Investigators think the thief climbed a fence at the minimum-security prison and dismantled the air conditioner, which is valued at $3,000.

The theft was discovered after authorities found pieces of insulation on both sides of the fence. There’s no security camera footage showing that section of fence when the break-in likely took place.

SpiritHouse NC presents: Collective Sun- reshape the mo(u)rning

Friday, February 24th at The Hayti Heritage Center 804 Old Fayetteville Street  Durham NC, Doors Open At 6pm, Show starts at 7pm $10  Tickets available online here.

“Rebellious kisses wake we children of the sun dancing fire freedom blooming red.”

Collective Sun is an intergenerational body of work exploring the impact prison and policing has on our bodies, our families and our communities.

Part performance, part art exhibit, and part audio installation. Collective Sun shares stories of resilience and hope, and reminds us to love one another until we can all be whole.

Through Collective Sun, families of color gain a voice to proactively address the impact of the prison industrial complex, creating a platform where art and culture become the means for solution-oriented, civic engagement in local/regional political actions.