City jail said to improve conditions Inmate protest bringing fans, ice machines.

July 16, 1992|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Five days after about 100 inmates protested living conditions at the city detention center, officials have begun to make improvements, the jail commissioner said yesterday.

On Saturday, inmates in the medium-security dormitory in the Jail Industries Building barricaded a door and complained loudly about conditions in the building in the 500 block of E. Madison St. They asked for a meeting with top officials to discuss their complaints.

On Monday, nine of them met with center officials.

Commissioner LaMont Flanagan said the requests included ventilation for dormitories that lack air conditioning, an improved dietary program, quicker medical attention and mail delivery, name-brand instead of generic drugs, increased sanitation supplies and a larger area for Muslim inmates' meetings.

Since then, Mr. Flanagan said, jail officials have increased sanitation supplies and today planned to add four exhaust fans and two ice machines.

But some of the jail's routines won't change, Mr. Flanagan said.

The detention center's triage team will continue to respond immediately only to emergencies and within 24 hours for sick-call calls, he said.

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