Surveys: “Black people and hard times…for the last 200 years or so.”

How long have you been inside? 20 months

How many court appearances have you had? 0

How many times have you talked to your lawyer? 3 or 4 times

What is the situation regarding your charge? (Awaiting sentencing, awaiting trial, awaiting appearance, etc.?) DA not satisfied with SBI lab results.

Have you been ever been ‘disciplined’ in your time at DCDC, either individually or as part of a group? Tell about it. No

What in your opinion are the biggest problems with the DCDC? The C.O.s not doing their jobs.

If you could express one largest grievance, what would it be? C.O.s are unprofessional and not able to handle inmates.

Does anyone visit you at DCDC? What are their biggest problems with the DCDC?

We have heard many complaints about medical services at the jail. What is your opinion of health services? Scale of 1 to 10 I give it a 7.

We have heard numerous complaints about food. What is your opinion about the nutritional value and taste of the food? Scale of 1 to 10 it is a 1. I get hamburgers 5 times a week (Diabetic diet).

What is your opinion of library / educational services to prisoners at the jail? Library is SAD. There is no educational service.

What do you think of the c.o.’s? Unprofessional, abusive, disrespectful. Female C.O.s need more training in how to carry themselves.

How do you get along with other prisoners? Respect each other.

How do jail staff affect your ability to get along with fellow prisoners? When the staff let certain inmates do as they please, it makes it hard for others.

What, if any, are some of the good experiences you have had at DCDC? STARR program (Substance Abuse Treatment and Recidivism Reduction)

Have you ever made a complaint or filed a grievance with jail authorities? If so, what happened? Nothing.

Have you ever started a petition or signed a petition regarding things happening at DCDC? Yes.

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?

How could it work? What would it look like?

What circumstances on the outside led to you being locked up? How common do you think those kind of circumstances are? Drinking and drugging. Making wrong decisions.

What have you noticed about being inside (who is here? Why are they here?) Most of the people here alcohol and drugs played a role in it some where.

In your opinion is there a relationship between race and incarceration? What is it? Black people and hard times, not just lately, for the last 200 years or so.

What does social class or economics have to do with getting locked up? Growing up thinking you don’t have a future or choice in trying to survive.

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? The government don’t know how to fix the problem, so they lock them up and try to forget there is one.

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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