Durham County Jail Investigation Call-In AND Meeting

Two events Monday, January 11, organized by the Jail Investigation Team and the Inside/Outside Alliance in Durham
 
(1) An all-day call-in day to the Sheriff and the County Commission, followed by
(2) Showing up to the County Commission meeting to comment at 6:30 p.m. Address: 200 East Main Street, 2nd Floor.

You may RSVP at the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/151825678521542/
 
Monday is the deadline that the Jail Investigation Team and the Inside/Outside Alliance have set for the commission to grant access to the jail for the investigation, and the commission hasn't replied.
 
More info from the Jail Investigation Team and the Inside/Outside Alliance:
 
The conditions inside the Durham County Detention Center and the inaction by those in charge are morally reprehensible and go against who we are as a community! It is critical that public officials hear from us NOW as we demand access to inspect conditions inside the jail.
 
The Durham County Jail Investigation Team issued a January 11, 2016, deadline to be let inside the jail to conduct in-person visits to at least 100 inmates. The response from both the County Commissioners and Sheriff Michael Andrews has been completely inadequate and it is clear that they wish to silence us. On Monday, we will show that we do not intend to go quietly and we have a strong community backing our efforts. ON MONDAY JANUARY 11, PLEASE JOIN US IN FLOODING CHAIRMAN MICHAEL PAGE AND SHERIFF ANDREWS' PHONELINES WITH OUR CONCERNS!
 
Here's how you can get involved:
Call in and let Durham County officials know that WE BELIEVE PRISONERS.
 
County Board of Commissioners Chairman Michael Page
 
Sheriff Michael Andrews
 
SAMPLE CALL-IN SCRIPT
 
“My name is ________ and I am a representative of _____ (organization/congregation/group). I am invested in the Durham community and care deeply about its residents and affairs.
 
I am calling today because I believe prisoners. I believe their complaints of poor nutrition, unsanitary conditions, and exploitative fees. I believe their reports of suicide attempts and medical neglect. I believe their accounts of racism and religious discrimination. I believe their stories of disappeared mail, C.O. retaliation, and sexual harassment.
 
I am calling to demand that you grant the community-based Durham County Jail Investigation Team immediate access to the Durham County Detention Center. I trust the Durham Jail Investigation Team to conduct surveys with prisoners, review financial records of private enterprises, and inspect the living conditions inside the jail. The January 11th deadline is today and I urge you to comply with the Jail Investigation Team’s demand to be let in immediately. The negligence and terror must end now!”
 
*We strongly urge everyone to call into Michael Page and Sheriff Andrews' office but recognize that this might not be possible for some. In lieu of phonecalls, both parties can be reached via email: *
 
Michael Page
 
Michael Andrews
 
SAMPLE EMAIL SCRIPT
 
My name is _________ and am a representative of ______ (organization/congregation/group). I/we do work in and around Durham centered on ___________________. I/we are invested in this community and care deeply about its residents and affairs.
 
I am writing today because I believe prisoners. I believe their complaints of poor nutrition, unsanitary conditions, and exploitative fees. I believe their reports of suicide attempts and medical neglect. I believe their accounts of racism and religious discrimination. I believe their stories of disappeared mail, C.O. retaliation, and sexual harassment. Because I believe prisoners, I am demanding that you grant the independent, community-based Durham Jail Investigation Team immediate access to the Durham County Detention Center. A one-time investigation performed by the National Institute of Corrections is inadequate in addressing the widespread abuse and mistreatment occurring daily inside the jail. I trust the Durham Jail Investigation Team to conduct thorough and ongoing surveys with prisoners, review financial records of private enterprises, inspect the living conditions inside the jail, and create a better environment for those locked up. The January 11th deadline is today and I urge you to comply with the Jail Investigation Team’s demands to be let inside immediately. The negligence and terror must end now!
 
**DEMANDS ISSUED AT DECEMBER 10 PRESS CONFERENCE
1. In-person visits with at least 100 inmates to administer a survey, starting no later than January 11, 2016
2. Full inspection of medical care facilities, dining facilities, and living facilities, including pods and showers
3. All data related to grievances, including a detailed explanation of the grievance process
4. Monthly revenue summary reports from Aramark, GTL, Touch Pay, Correct Care Solutions.
5. Documented evidence of when all cells are open and closed on a daily basis since October 1, 2015
WHEN
January 11, 2016 at 6:30pm - 8pm
WHERE
Durham County Board of Commissioners
CONTACT
David Theurer ·
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  • commented 2016-01-09 13:59:45 -0500
    I will call and email but cannot be at the meeting.
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