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Families: Durham detention policy 'inhumane'

Posted April 17, 2015

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— Families of some inmates at the Durham County Detention Facility protested Friday night against a new policy they say is unfair and inconvenient.

Sheriff Mike Andrews described the change in how inmates get their exercise as a step to prevent violence.

Inmates are allowed two hours outside their cells every other day to make phone calls, exercise, watch television and to congregate.

During any given two-hour period, eight cells are open, and detention officers vary which eight cells are open so that inmates can't form consistent groups, Andrews said.

Family members claim that the policy isolates inmates and a further limit on reading and writing materials is damaging to inmate mental health.

"While this is less time than the detainees previously had to congregate, the time provided for the detainees to be out of their cells greatly exceeds that required by the North Carolina Administrative Code," Andrews said in a statement in response to the protest.

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  • Miranda McCraw Apr 19, 2015
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    I don't think that's a very forward-thinking solution. In any case, the prisoners still deserve more than a few hours every other day to do things other than sit in their cells and self-reflect. I'm not saying anything about their not deserving to be there but in 2015 we should have grown enough as a society to treat humans like humans.

  • SusanandAaron Tambot-Blankenship Apr 19, 2015
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    It is not the state's responsibility to help these people change, it is the states responsibility to hold them accountable to the law and enact the punishment decreed by the justice system.

  • SusanandAaron Tambot-Blankenship Apr 19, 2015
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    Who ever said prison is "rehab"? It's discipline not coaching, how is it the states responsibility to make prisoners feel socially adjusted and adjusted?

    Now these people are victims because they broke the law and are paying their debt to society? Tell me with all the entitlements it wouldn't be much of a debt is it?

  • Sammy Macloud Apr 19, 2015
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    WHAT a joke......

    can you hear the worlds smallest violin playing ?????

    Don't like the conditions in JAIL, do be a criminal.....see how easy that problem is solved?

  • Miranda McCraw Apr 19, 2015
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    Just because they're in prison doesn't mean they aren't human beings just like you and me. It is disrespectful to believe they don't deserve to be outside their cell for social interaction, exercise, and simply to not get "cabin fever." Are we using our prison system for rehabilitation or punishment? You can't help someone change if you won't let them out of their cell.

  • Jason Conaway Apr 18, 2015
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    Poor criminals!

  • Roger Chance Apr 18, 2015
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    I continue to be awestruck by the audacity of the ACLU and the NAACP. Seeking preferential treatment disguised as struggling for equality. The comments that I would post have already been made. Apparently no protesters want to make their case through this venue.

  • Ed Smail Sr. Apr 18, 2015
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    Here's an idea. Don't break the law!

  • Rebecca Caldwell Apr 18, 2015
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    This seems like a good plan for making the jail safer. The families should be grateful - a safer jail protects their family members, too.

  • Jo Rand Apr 18, 2015
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    Another long term planned and coordinate protest by the ACLU, Southern (Communist ) Coalition for Justice and their minions ( coincident that their recent campaign is to stop "mass incarceration"?.)
    No, you won't see or hear from these folks when there is a murder, shooting, break-in or people have to lock themselves in their houses while the gangs sell their drugs and gun shots ring out- unless a criminal is "victimized" for being arrested for their criminal activity. No, not all of the public is this gullible ( but yes, some sure are) .

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