COVID in Ohio (6:04) Travis Nettles "Seven"

7/29/20

Peaceful blessing, my name Seven. You can find me under Travis Nettles. I'm at Toledo Prison in Toledo, Ohio. I'm serving a 20-year-to-life prison sentence. My inmate number is 735142. Travis Nettles, N-E-T-T-L-E-S.

 

Now, I would like to let the world know here at this prison with all this Coronavirus stuff that's going on, I have watched the news and the governor of Ohio, you know, shared that tests is available for everyone on the COVID-19 side.

 

And I decided you and a couple individuals that I'm incarcerated with, we decided to talk to the deputy warden on our way to go to shower. And we asked the deputy warden, like, what's going on, like, what's up, can we get tested? So he said we can't get tested. Sunday night, why we can't get tested? They said on the news that everyone in Ohio that wants to go to get tested if we want to get tested.

 

You know, we want to know if we got it, cause it gets random people that pop up with COVID-19 inside these prison walls. And they really don't say too much about anything. They just like grabbed him up and they were to disappear, like go through isolation.

 

But long story short, you know, it is man [transcriber could not parse] to say that we are property of the state. And it's up to them in order to get- give us a test or not, and they're not going to give us a test just because we asked for one. That, that, that was, it was like a very devastating situation. And then what make it even more devastating is two days later, someone in my block, not in my block but on this, on this floor that my block is on and ended up having tested positive for COVID-19. And that's kind of sad because it's like, no matter their situation, us being incarcerated.

 

You know, we always on the last of the totem pole. And a lot of people look at us as if we need not human beings, as if we not people just as well as them- as if just everyone outside of these world are people.  And that's kind of sad because it's a lot of people in here who,  you know, is innocent. And it's a lot of people here who don't really know, deserve to be in here. And like, in my in my case, I'm serving a 20-year-to-life prison sentence and my rights was violated. But for me not to have no money and not to be able to be like, I'm not famous or a celebrity and stuff, it's a lot harder fight for me.

 

And throughout my fight for justice, trying to get, trying to get an out date and fighting for- to get a fair trial, I have moments where I do wonder, and I really be actually feeling like, like when this storm is all over with, who's going to actually be there when I do get release? Pr if I'm going to have to sit here and wait to see a parole board, I'm going to ever get a chance to really get a chance to have a fair trial.

 

It is kind of sad. And I started off this- this big, all on my own. I be my biggest supporter, you know, family left me in dark. So many people left me in the dark, and as time goes on, when I got in touch with my cousin and her husband, you know, he started to believe in me and starting to come around and starting to understand my vision and, you know, they'll put they faith in me. And they'd be- and that pushed me even more, even harder to do the things I need to do. Like stay out of the hole or not go to the hole and fight as much- as hard as I can for my case.

 

And it's just knowing that I have someone a hundred percent by my side, that tells me it's a blessing that people still love me, that people still care about me, people still think about me, and I know I'm not the only one who feel this way.

 

And I just want you to know since you're listening that if you know anyone that's incarcerated, if you have any family members that's incarcerated, and you haven't done nothing for him in a long time or in a while, well, you may even forgot about them. Maybe look them up, send them a picture, a letter, anything like that. That is priceless. But it means so much to a person that's locked down. $10 for your habit or a bad habit- $10 will have a person be able to eat for a whole week inside these walls. You know, there's so many people that would rather sit there and put the poison inside their bodies than to do something positive with the money and put it towards something really, really beneficial towards someone inside these walls.

 

And they know someone inside these walls. Now I notice that a lot of people that may have birthday bruises, but two wrongs don't make a right. And I speak truth because I used to be a different type of individual. I used to be a real savage until I came to understanding what life is really about and showing love is not so much for what a person can do for you but what you can do for that person.

 

Overall, I pray all this [transcriber could not parse]. And I hope I did shine a little light in areas where your world may be dark, or enlightened you on some things that's going on inside of these prison walls, or at least in Toledo, Ohio.

 

And I have a podcast. It's called Justice For Seven podcast. I'm on Google app, Apple podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor.

 

I just want to thank you for listening and thank you for your time and energy. You just have a nice day.

 

 (Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.