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Durham investigating complaints over jail cleanliness

Posted September 24, 2012

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— Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews has ordered an investigation into complaints by inmates about sanitary conditions in the county jail.

Thirty-three inmates signed a petition that they sent to Andrews last week, saying that they feared bacteria on their food trays and drink dispensers and asking for their weekly allotment of personal hygiene supplies to be increased.

Andrews and Chief Deputy Don Ladd went through the jail cafeteria Monday with representatives of the company that provides food service to identify any deficiencies. Ladd will look into other areas of concern noted by inmates, the sheriff said.

"Jail staff routinely do a very good job of identifying areas needing repair or replacement in the facility," Andrews said in a statement. "When you manage between 550 (and) 600 people on a daily basis that are housed in our facility, there are items that need to be replaced or maintained."


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  • piene2 Sep 25, 2012

    "Start serving prison loaves, I'm sure Sheriff Joe will share the recipe.
    Click to view my profile Marty King"

    Sheriff Joe is a dangerous mental case and needs to be removed from office and institutionalized somewhere.

  • piene2 Sep 25, 2012

    "Caterers?? Really?? What is this a country club? Prisoners eat better than some of your beloved street people. What a joke!

    It is obvious that you have no idea of the scope of service caterers provide. Weddings and such are only one small facet of the catering business. They routinely provide food services for all sorts of situations. Providing prison food is just as common as providing wedding food. As a matter of fact, government can often save money and provide better food by enlisting a caterer instead of preparing the meals in house.

  • OneLove Sep 25, 2012

    Marty King --- hahaha. But then, there would DEFINITELY be a lawsuit. "You're making me eat BREAD LOAVES? HOW DARE YOU?" ((while dialing his attorney, when its his turn at the phone of course.))

  • Obamacare has risen Sep 25, 2012

    Give them a mop and a broom and let them clean the jail. What else do they have to do?

    Hey, there are some good soap operas on during the day. Just saying.

  • Marty King Sep 25, 2012

    Start serving prison loaves, I'm sure Sheriff Joe will share the recipe.

  • Coolbreeze Sep 25, 2012

    Saty out of trouble and then you can eat in your own kitchen at home.

  • OneLove Sep 25, 2012

    "please remember this is the JAIL, not a prison. Jail inmates include a large number of people who have been charged, but could not make bail pending trial." SIRWIRED ----- That is a good point you made. I had not thought about that. Thanks! I think it deserves mentioning again!

  • ncmickey Sep 25, 2012

    You can always tell who has never set foot in a jail by the ignorant comments.
    People are not in prison or jail to be punished, but AS punishment.
    The food SUCKS
    The inmate DO clean the jail
    Some of you people would be better off in China, Iran or North Korea. They have the kind of justice system you like.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Sep 25, 2012

    Give them a mop and a broom and let them clean the jail. What else do they have to do?

  • Sweetgrl3 Sep 25, 2012

    Whatever! Do the crime deal with the circumstances.