Families protest conditions at Durham jail

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Family and friends protested Friday afternoon at the Durham County Jail, saying “lock back” conditions inside are not fair.

Lock back conditions means inmates are locked inside their cells nearly around the clock. Organizers of the demonstration said those inmates have not been let out of their cells except for six hours a week.

“They shouldn’t be on lockback for 7/24 simply because of some others – a few lock them back not the whole entire Durham County Jail,” said activist Cynthia Fox.

But the Durham County Sheriff’s Office said under current procedures, inmates are allowed out of their cells for two hours a day. The department said the detention center is not in “lock back” status. They said they modified the inmate walk schedule in early March after a rise in violence, and their procedures meet North Carolina state standards.

But supporters of inmates say their living conditions are inhumane.

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