Survey: ‘I would like to live in a world that is raceless’

How long have you been inside? 78 days

How many court appearances have you had? I have had one appearance.

How many times have you talked to your lawyer? I have talked with my lawyer 2 times.

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

Have you been ever been ‘disciplined’ in your time at DCDC, either individually or as part of a group? Tell about it. I have not been disciplined at DCDC.

What in your opinion are the biggest problems with the DCDC? In my opinion DCDC’s biggest problems are the food there is no taste and breakfast is the same thing every other day. Also the cold showers. 

If you could express one largest grievance, what would it be? The food. 

Does anyone visit you at DCDC? What are their biggest problems with the DCDC? Yes, my mother, father and wife have visited me while I have been in DCDC. I have not been told of any issues. 

We have heard many complaints about medical services at the jail. What is your opinion of health services? Not that I know of.

We have heard numerous complaints about food. What is your opinion about the nutritional value and taste of the food? The taste of the food is very bad. I have given my dog better smelling food.

What is your opinion of library / educational services to prisoners at the jail? I have never been to the library. As far as I know I didn’t think DCDC had any educational services which I believe they should have at the very least a GED program.

What do you think of the c.o.’s? The c.o.’s are OK but tend to yell and curse too much at us. Just because we are in jail doesn’t mean we are not people and should be given respect. 

How do you get along with other prisoners? I get along well with everyone. 

How do jail staff affect your ability to get along with fellow prisoners? They do not affect my ability to get along with others. 

What, if any, are some of the good experiences you have had at DCDC? Mrs. McGee is a wonderful c.o.

Have you ever made a complaint or filed a grievance with jail authorities? If so, what happened? I filed a grievance about a book I never got but I got a postcard saying to call this number. I gave it to Mrs. Walker and she said she would call it for me. Three days later I asked her if she called and she told me no so I asked her for it back and then I filed a grievance about it that was never responded to. It took her three weeks and me to keep asking her about it to get the postcard back and I don’t think she ever called. 

Have you ever started a petition or signed a petition regarding things happening at DCDC? No.

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 do think the idea of a prisoners council would be a good idea for prisoners to solve problems we have. 

How could it work? What would it look like? I don’t know how it would work or what it would look like.

What circumstances on the outside led to you being locked up? How common do you think those kind of circumstances are? DWIs brought me to jail and it’s sad but I believe it is very common. 

What have you noticed about being inside (who is here? Why are they here?) I noticed that most prisoners are young black male here for either drugs or robberies. 

In your opinion is there a relationship between race and incarceration? What is it? In my opinion there is a relationship between race and incarceration. I just think race still plays a huge part in our world and that’s sad.

What does social class or economics have to do with getting locked up? I think social or economics have somewhat of a reason why people are locked up but most of it is poor choices. 

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 point of jail or prison is for help people learn their lesson and keep the world safe from people that are said to be dangerous to the rest of the world. I believe people on the outside look down on people that are either in jail or been to prison. The jail and prison need more and better rehab services. 

What do you think are the possibilities for living in a different kind of world, and how do we get there? I would like to live in a world that is raceless and I believe that only way you get there is through education. 

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