Letter: Sheriff has work to do on jail conditions

Graphic by Lori Deaton

Thanks for the best issue in years on Nov. 27, featuring the hateful TDA and neighborhood fascists, corruption, suppression of public comment, but most of all, hunger and cold in the Buncombe jail [“On the Inside: Waiting for Justice in the Buncombe County Jail,Xpress].

Compared to hunger and cold amounting to torture, the rest of the jail criticisms seemed a bit like psychobabble to me. I suppose neurotypicals might need stuff like “vibes” and “eye contact,” but I’m politically isolated anyway, so I don’t see what difference that stuff makes, though they could use more free phone time.

Sheriff [Quentin] Miller still has a lot of work to do, as I remember his campaign was a bit weak on jail conditions.

— Alan Ditmore
Leicester

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4 thoughts on “Letter: Sheriff has work to do on jail conditions

  1. J

    US penal system purposefully starves (fiscally) their jails also for tax conservation, but primarily so those will want to avoid being incarcerated… but with the ever widening socio-economic income gap… 3 hots and a cot is a much better option in an unsustainable fend for oneself economy

  2. bsummers

    When I spent the night in jail in 2003, the place was lousy with snitches. Have they cleaned that up yet?

  3. Mike R.

    Prisons should be bare essentials, no more. Prisoners should be required to work on public=related projects (litter, leaves, etc.).
    Prisons should not be a place people want to go back to.

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