Write to Ramsey Orta. How you can help.

Please read the very important general guidelines for writing and sending books to inmates.


The guidelines explain what can or can’t be sent or written to an inmate. Facilities have sent back or destroyed letters and books.

A full name and return address are required on the envelope.

You can send a postcard to an inmate in the United States right from your computer, tablet, or phone. Fees apply. https://www.flikshop.com/

Please do not include money or extra stamps in your letters. The inmate will not receive them. To help with an inmate’s legal defense fund or to donate to their commissary fund where they can buy stamps and other items, ask the group supporting the inmate for more information. More information on how to donate to an inmate’s commissary fund can be found at https://oppenpal.wordpress.com/guidelines/.

Many facilities only accept paperback books and magazines. They have to be shipped directly from a publisher or bookseller, such as Amazon. You can ask the inmate which books they would prefer reading if a wishlist is not available.


(Make sure to include a return address when mailing inmates or they won’t receive it.)

(UPDATE: March 28, 2018 — Ramsey was moved again)

Ramsey Orta, 16A4200
Altona Correctional Facility
555 Devils Den Road
P.O. Box 3000
Altona, New York 12910–3000

Birthday: September 18th

Support Account: @WeCopwatch

Hashtags: #FreeRamseyOrta #PINAC #EricGarner #WeCopWatch #CopWatch #BlackLivesMatter


Donate: You can donate directly to Ramsey using his Paypal OfficialRamseyOrta@gmail.com



You can send food packages to Ramsey. @WeCopWatch has an Amazon wishlist that has food items that the jail accepts.


You can also send Ramsey books. He loves to read political work, know-your-rights books, history books, etc. Books shipped directly from a publisher or bookseller, such as Amazon.




More information at: http://wecopwatch.org/ramsey-needs-support/

Ramsey needs legal support. He has been cut, harassed, and put into solitary confinement. If you are a lawyer, and can make welfare phone calls, or are interested in helping support Ramsey with a few issues that he is dealing with behind bars, please contact us at WeCopwatch@protonmail.com

We send pictures to Ramsey. Feel free to take a picture with a sign, and email it to us a WeCopwatch@protonmail.com and we’ll be sure to put it in the mail.


(Newer articles are at the bottom.)

October 06, 2016 — Ramsey Orta Is Now In Prison. Is This What Happens To Copwatchers? http://www.thefader.com/2016/10/06/ramsey-orta-is-now-in-prison-is-this-what-happens-to-copwatchers

August 24, 2017 — Ramsey Orta is still behind bars. Here’s how you can support him. Write Ramsey a letter here. Let him know you support him. http://wecopwatch.org/supportingramsey/

September 5, 2017 — Ramsey Orta Speaks On Aftermath Of Filming Eric Garner’s Murder In New Documentary http://www.whodiniz.com/ramsey-orta-speaks-on-aftermath-of-filming-eric-garners-death-in-new-documentary/

October 29, 2017 — Ramsey Orta beaten by guards, thrown in solitary as retaliation for filming Eric Garner murder http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ramsey-orta-jail-guards-beat-eric-garner-death-video-article-1.3596164

October 30, 2017 — ‘I fear for my life’: Eric Garner’s friend Ramsey Orta who filmed his chokehold death says he’s been beaten by prison guards and thrown in solitary as retaliation http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5030205/Ramsey-Orta-claims-prison-guards-target-him.html

November 8, 2017 — Ramsey Orta Can’t Breathe: The only one punished since Eric Garner’s killing is the citizen-journalist who recorded it. http://fair.org/home/ramsey-orta-cant-breathe/

November 13, 2017 — Media Who Went to Bat for Shut-Out Critics Should Also Stand Up for Targeted Copwatchers https://fair.org/home/media-who-went-to-bat-for-shut-out-critics-should-also-stand-up-for-targeted-copwatchers/

November 26, 2017 — Ramsey Orta is Catching Hell http://wecopwatch.org/ramsey-orta-is-catching-hell/

January 31, 2018 — Ramsey Orta has been put into the SHU (Special Housing Unit) for 60 days http://wecopwatch.org/ramsey-orta-put-shu-special-housing-unit-60-days/

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