Dear Shorts from Inside

I am a destitute inmate in the NC prison system. I didn’t have a fair trial and I ended up getting railroaded. All my help has died off and it’s difficult to locate the support being the only child. The judicial system didn’t work for me. With (no) help, my release date is April 29th 2036. Being an African American male in a system that is prejudicial towards me (us), I continue to strive for my freedom and to soar towards excellence even when I am discouraged. It’s hurtful that once you enter the system there is no help what so ever. It is like living in a foreign country without the proper resources. The judge said I need to get a post conviction done. However, without the proper finances I haven’t been able to locate a lawyer. Mass incarceration is beyond real and I pray that help comes soon. A lot of us are dying in prison with lengthy sentences that are mostly given to African American men. Calling for help and prison reform!  Thank you.  In solidarity, Antonio L Ripley, #0344995, Nash C.I. PO Box 600, Nashville NC 27856

Author: lagai

LAGAI-Queer Insurrection is one of the oldest radical queer liberation groups in the U.S. We publish UltraViolet, a more or less bimonthly newspaper, which is mailed free of charge to over 1500 people, including over 800 prisoners. Our website is

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