To whom it may concern,
My name is Deontae Richardson and I don’t care if you use my name. First off, let me say I personally work in the Durham County Jail kitchen and the infestation of fruit flies is getting out of control. I am ServSafe Certified, and I know that it’s against health regulations seeing these bugs flying and landing and crawling on the food people is going to eat. And the only thing I’ve seen was it get fanned like we’re at a cook out–it’s ridiculous. They came and sprayed, but it was a half job, because for one they’re still there, and it’s picking back up.
The second thing I want to address is the rules and policy about work detail. I’ve been working for 31 days in the kitchen and was supposed to get 4 days taken off, and upon me asking for it I was told that I can’t get any because I’m in treatment and I receive days for that also. So I asked for a copy regarding work detail policy and was told there is no policy. The jail made up the rules and implemented work detail and takes days off from whom they want to take days off of. So I asked why would it be said we can work and receive days off our sentence, but I can’t get it because I’m in treatment and they’re giving me days off for that. Then, if that is so, why was this information withheld from me? I basically work for free with the intentions of receiving days off my sentence, only to be told no I can’t get any. And it’s not in black and white but made up rules on what they think and who they think should get it. What happened to equal opportunity? I work so I deserve these days. But seeing though I’m receiving treatment for my drug addiction I’m receiving days off, but working 31 days, making 300 people trays and then cleaning it every day is not good enough to receive my extra days I worked for. It’s rules within rules that aren’t even documented. It’s not right, it’s not fair and it’s cruel and unusual punishment being worked hard only to receive nothing at the end. And it’s not just with work detail, it’s throughout the jail, even for the officers says my inside source, that it’s policy inside policy but not in writing.