Survey: “People caught up in a crooked system”

How long have you been inside? 3 months

How many court appearances have you had?0 (had 2, but they never came and got me)

How many times have you talked to your lawyer? 0 (keep writing lawyer, no answer)

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

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? Time between court appearances. 

If you could express one largest grievance, what would it be? That they don’t let you know what is going on with your case. 

Does anyone visit you at DCDC? What are their biggest problems with the DCDC? Yes. Not enough time for visit, unfair system. 

We have heard many complaints about medical services at the jail. What is your opinion of health services? They suck. They don’t give a damn about inmates. 

We have heard numerous complaints about food. What is your opinion about the nutritional value and taste of the food? Everything taste the same bland. 

What is your opinion of library / educational services to prisoners at the jail? It sucks because you can only get 1 book at a time. No educational services. Go to library maybe 1 time a month. 

What do you think of the c.o.’s? Some good, some bad. 

How do you get along with other prisoners? Okay.

How do jail staff affect your ability to get along with fellow prisoners? No comment (bad).

What, if any, are some of the good experiences you have had at DCDC? None.

Have you ever made a complaint or filed a grievance with jail authorities? If so, what happened? Yes. 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? Good idea as long as it is fair. Some c.o.’s have their favorite inmates. 

How could it work? What would it look like? Hard to figure. 

What circumstances on the outside led to you being locked up? How common do you think those kind of circumstances are? I was homeless. Violated parole. Very common. 

What have you noticed about being inside (who is here? Why are they here?) A lot of bullshit. People caught up in a crooked system. 

In your opinion is there a relationship between race and incarceration? What is it? Yes. C.O.’s know most inmates from the street. 

What does social class or economics have to do with getting locked up? Try to fill numbers. 

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? Just a way to treat humans like animals. Legally. 

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

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