Surveys: ‘Jail is a place I don’t like so I have no good experiences’

E.Y.:

How long have you been inside? Since July

How many court appearances have you had? Just first appearance

How many times have you talked to your lawyer? Once

What is the situation regarding your charge? (Awaiting sentencing, awaiting trial, awaiting appearance, etc.?) Awaiting appearance

Have you been ever been ‘disciplined’ in your time at DCDC, either individually or as part of a group? Tell about it. N/a

What in your opinion are the biggest problems with the DCDC? Everything: Pencil ban, food, high priced canteen, disrespectful c.o.s

If you could express one largest grievance, what would it be? About my situation from that beating

Does anyone visit you at DCDC? What are their biggest problems with the DCDC? No

We have heard many complaints about medical services at the jail. What is your opinion of health services? Poor. They give no care. They give you a tylenol and send you back to your pod if you hurt yourself.

We have heard numerous complaints about food. What is your opinion about the nutritional value and taste of the food? We get the same thing every week: potatoes, beans, more beans, rice, salami (fake), fake ham, grits, oatmeal, cornbread and too much starch.

What is your opinion of library / educational services to prisoners at the jail? You can only check out one book, and that’s when she comes in every other week.

What do you think of the c.o.’s? I think some take their job too serious and some are allright (overall, they are bitches).

How do you get along with other prisoners? Some are dickheads and some are all right.

How do jail staff affect your ability to get along with fellow prisoners? They make us want to stick together even more if something happen.

What, if any, are some of the good experiences you have had at DCDC? Jail is a place I don’t like so I have no good experiences.

Have you ever made a complaint or filed a grievance with jail authorities? If so, what happened? Yes, I had gotten hit by sergeant Black.

Have you ever started a petition or signed a petition regarding things happening at DCDC? No, never.

Some DCDC prisoners have suggested the idea of a prisoners council that would participate in making decisions about things at the jail. What do you think of such an idea? I think it would be smart.

How could it work? What would it look like? It could work if they let us eat what we wanna work. I really don’t know how it would work.

What circumstances on the outside led to you being locked up? How common do you think those kind of circumstances are? Not having a place to stay (househopping).

What have you noticed about being inside (who is here? Why are they here?)

In your opinion is there a relationship between race and incarceration? What is it?

What does social class or economics have to do with getting locked up?

What do you think is the point of jail? Prison? The justice system? What do you think people on the outside think about people who are locked up? Some can be treated like animals. The people I know think that we should be in here for life.

What do you think are the possibilities for living in a different kind of world, and how do we get there?

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