Mail Call!

Please put me on your mailing list for The Razor Wire. I was fortunate to come across your magazine and was very happy I did. I am a first time nonviolent offender serving a 135-month sentence for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. I've been locked up for 53 months now, and this was the first time I had ever come across your paper. I think it is wonderful!
It is liberating to know there are people outside who recognize the unfairness and destruction of mandatory minimum sentencing. After reading your newspaper, I didn't feel so alone in this world. I've lost my wife, my home, and the joys of watching my son grow up. Because of wonderful people like those affiliated with "The November Coalition", I'm able to hold on to hopes of being released some day soon. While I'm financially unable to send anything more than two stamps at this time, I did speak to my parents and brother about your magazine. I would like them put on your mailing list, and I'm positive they'll contribute to the magazine.
Again, I'd like to thank you for giving me hope, and please keep up the good work.
God Bless you all,
Barry Paige

I am impressed with your website. It's great to see your group putting so much work into such a worthy cause. This "drug war" the government is waging against its own citizens is sickening.
I'm sending you a check with this letter to join your organization. I wasn't able to print the membership from your website, as my printer isn't working at this time. I'm hoping to receive your newsletter in the mail on a regular basis.
Ben Pinkston

Here are a few names of people that left me for dead. Please rush them a copy. Maybe it will wake them up.
Chris Carey 63359-061

I enjoy reading the Razor Wire when I get a chance. It's my wish to be able to contribute to your effort. You will be hearing financial and other information from me.
Ps: By the way, I have the honor of being the oldest (80 years) inmate in this institution.
Sincerely yours
Drayton Curry #24017-037

I am incarcerated on a drug offense and have been locked up for 10 years.
I have individuals who are all part of a close-knit group and will assist you in your efforts once they are shown the way to do so. When they read your publication, they will see that the way to help is through group effort. They will provide assistance in that area.
James Hicks 54063-079
(Editor's note: James, ask your friends to send us information/photos on what they're doing.)

I'm a 50-year-old white male in Texas who has been a drug addict for 35 years. I have been to prison four prior times for a total of 14 calendar years for drug possession cases. This time they are offering me 35 years. I have never been to or offered treatment.
John Hudgens #10598

Hello, I find myself imprisoned and impoverished in Idaho for a felony possession charge. I heard about your newsletter, and I wish to receive it. I was led to believe it was a freebie, but if not, I still want a subscription. Will work out the monetary issues somehow.
I also wish to make others aware of my situation. My family and friends need to know that I am not the only one this has happened to: 5 years on .013 of a gram of heroin. Insane.
John McCrummen #57485

I've been in prison 16 years, three months, and your paper is the best I've seen yet. I would really appreciate your consideration of this matter.
You all keep up the good work. Being in Texas one tends to believe no one cares about those in prison any longer. Good to see I am wrong.
Keith Manning #381132

I was lucky enough to find your March/April edition of the Razor Wire, and I have to tell you I'm impressed.
Please put me on your mail list, as the paper has information that is vital for the convict. All too many other papers have gone commercial or just to s__t! Thanks, and keep the news rolling.
Ken Sullivan #038790

I want to be a member of the November Coalition and receive each issue of the Razor Wire. I really enjoy reading your paper. I'm 52-years-old. I 'discharge' the 20th of October, 2,000 after doing 8 years and 3 months for $2,500 abuse of credit cards. I have never harmed any person in my life. I have a 21-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter. I left my son when he was 14, and then he didn't really know much about drugs or alcohol. Now he is in prison doing 10 years for possession of drugs.
I'm so bitter, but hate no one. Sadly, I see no help for us in the future. I'm not a negative person, but this place is a joke. I have worked for 6 1/2 years since I've been locked up, earned my G.E.D., graduated from "Changes" turning point", participated in project Rio and attended substance abuse classes. But, I still can't make parole. I have been wearing a hearing aid for many years, but even with a $300,000,000 medical budget, an inmate is only allowed one haring aid, and I have over 50% loss of hearing in both ears. I could go on and on, but it would serve no purpose.
Kenneth Lawrence
(Editor's note: Yeah, Kenneth, you're the one to serve a purpose. Tell us your release plans.)

My name is Liz Wyatt. I'm an inmate at FCI Ft. Worth "Carswall". I'm serving a 7-year sentence for aiding and abetting a quarter ounce 'meth' sale to a girl who sold it to an undercover cop. The girl I sold to is still free of course. Anyway, I don't have much money coming in, but I'd love to receive the Razor Wire. Thank you guys so much for the papers. It's the only way of knowing what's really going on.
Thank You!
Liz Wyatt

I am writing from the new "supermax" prison in Ohio at Youngstown.
I am 60-years-old and serving a sentence of 20-to-80 years for marijuana-based charges. My sentence may be the longest ever imposed in Ohio for a violation of marijuana laws. It is also worthy to note that my sentence is tantamount to a death sentence because my age couples with the fact that I'm ill with the big C word, namely, non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
I have received a copy of the Razor Wire, and I am writing to your Ohio chapter (Kelly Ali) with information and details of my case.
Thank you
Richard Armstrong #307213
(Editor's note: Keep me informed, Richard, about your situation.)

Thank you so much for my copies of your last two publications. This is the best newspaper I have seen when it comes to telling the truth about long-term incarceration for nonviolent drug offenders. Most importantly, the call for amnesty for all nonviolent drug offenders is the only sensible ending to this witchhunt.
This is so wrong. As I have stated in previous correspondence, I am serving a life without parole sentence. I was one of the very first to be sentenced so harshly in 1982. I have been in federal prison for 18 years now, and for the rest of my life, I will always wonder why. None of this makes any sense to me. It is impossible to understand how this government can put so many people into prison with so much time for getting involved with drugs. Sure, people make mistakes, but when does the punishment end? Apparently, your organization is doing more than anyone out there in our "used-to-be" free society.
The purpose of this letter is to remind you to be sure to mail a copy of your next edition, and to request that you send another copy to a friend of mine who publishes a specialty banking and insurance newspaper. He always includes an article about prison population, nonviolent offenders, the misguided goal of putting so many drug offenders in prison, and the costs of our current law enforcement.
Very truly yours,
Ross Alan Milburn #18806-044

Thank you for all your efforts to stop the drug war. I really enjoy your paper. I will be transferring to FCI Coleman I/A in the near future. I will notify you with my new address when I get there. I have asked for the institution to send you the money that I make here. I only make 12¢ an hour, which equals around eight dollars a month. I know it's not much, but I hope it helps.
Stacy Bice 13313-058

I have the following suggestion. Let's have a regular column just for listing, briefly, all of the human rights' abuses, and where those abuses are happening at which jails or prisons, and when.
What most federal prisoners do not know is this: Prison policy 28 CFR Sec 540.20 allows prisoners to send out letters to the media via the "special mail box." Yes, you can mail your letters to the Razor Wire without any of them being read by your captor.
Instructions are simple: (1) seal your letter inside an envelope, and for safety's sake, tape it shut very well; (2) Write on the front of the envelope - SPECIAL MAIL: Inmate correspondence with Media Representative - including the Razor Wires' name and editor; (3) If you want the Razor Wire not to print your name, then be sure to say so.
So, my fellow prisoners; let the free world know the real deal of what is going on behind these bars. The sooner we all start communicating our plights, the sooner we can end this crazy so called "drug war".
Truth & justice
The Fighting Texan

Hello, my name is Tilmon. I saw one of your Razor Wire newspapers, and I asked my friend if I could read his. I enjoyed the articles, and I would like to receive the Razor Wire and would like issues sent to my daughters, mother and one to someone I've been writing since my entry into Atlanta penitentiary.
My daughter is only 3 years old. Her mother Tommie went to prison along with me. She was given a deal I agreed to because one of us needed to raise the baby. She served two years. I have life for hearsay about a small amount of drugs. Just a simple possession really. There's no violence in my past history, no escapes, and no bad ass here.
They said they were cutting the dragon's head off so the body would die. I am 54 years old now. They took everything we had too, cars and all that.
I will send stamps as I can.
Tilmon Partin

My wife died recently from suffering because of my absence from her. We been together since 1999, and I have been incarcerated since 1993. Her death was a result of this drug war. How long must our beloved family members feel the pain of this phony drug war?
Also, is it possible to have a chapter of November Coalition while in prison?
Charles Carver 89587-011
(Editor's note: You can not organize a coalition chapter in prison. But you can become aware of the issues together as a study group.)

Hello Nora, Chuck, and friends. I am the law clerk here at U.S.P. Terre Haute who wrote you last summer. I stated my desire to share information and literature with the inmate population here. Due to your personal efforts in response to that request, Nora, I have received materials from virtually every reform organization in the country.
While I have shared and disseminated all of the materials that I have received, the Razor Wire is by far the most requested item. I've made a point of trying to share each issue with at least 20 inmates. Naturally, if you could send me multiple issues I could reach more people. I spend a moment with each one who reads your paper; I attempt to explain the importance of getting involved, of doing SOMETHING! I tell them to write you, to write their families, attorneys, friends, newspapers, I TELL THEM TO WRITE! We have something to say, it needs to be said, and it needs to be heard. I tell them to find their voices. I tell them that "the pen is mightier than the sword.
Gary D. Jackson
#62449-065 J-54