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Maricopa County Jail Closing Advice, Arizona

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Closing Advice

Interview with Tom, Jessica, Justin, Pat and Sandi

JM: What else would you want a friend or family member to know if they have a loved one going to this jail?
Tom: don't expect anything that is promissed by the sheriffs department. they have been in violation of several federal court ruloings as to food, exercise, visitations, how many inmated to a given area, housing convicted with non convicted inmates and no one seems to care i have even went to prisoner advocates and the county board of supervisors but with no response
Jessica: never go back
Justin: support is a huge thing. visit them as much as piossible. and put money ion there books cause you can starve in there.. jsut keep an open mind to whats going on in there
Pat: Visit them or if they cant at keast write to them because its lonely and at least you have that to look forward to while your on the inside to pass time
Sandi: There are many horror stories about the Maricopa County jail system, but it really is a smoothly running operation and your family member really will be ok. It is not a pleasant place to be. Your loved one might be terrified or miserable, but they really will be fine. I only know about the women and maximum security. For the most part they are respectful, friendly, helpful and in high spirits and help each other get through each day. I was amazed by my experience with seeing humanity in a new way. I don't want to do it again, but it was a valuable experience. The detention officers are mostly all respectful when treated with respect. The system is designed to keep everyone as safe as possible.

JM: If somebody knows they will be serving time in this jail what is your advice to them?
Tom: hold your tongue and try to isolate yourself from others learn to read and self examine your lifestyle to change what got you into this to begin with
Jessica: be prepared to be hungry or spend LOTS of money on commissary
Justin: keep your chin up.. eventually youll be going home. keep to your self as much as possible and never run your mouth, keep clean and stay active, never snitch cause that will result in getting beat up or pc
Pat: Just keep to your self and dont bother with anyone and nobody should bother you. Do your time with as little trouble as possible and yiy should be alright there
Sandi: Mind your own business, be respectful and be courteous. Don't talk about your case and don't ask about other inmates' specific cases. Don't be mean or rude; it isn't necessary. Follow detention officer's directions. Everyone there is a person who made bad choices and want to get through that situation just like you do. You might be surprised to make a friend or two, but keep it there and watch your mouth.

JM: Please list any other jail or rehab facilities you have been to.
Justin: none
Pat: 4th ave jail
Sandi: I have been in several psychological rehab facilities for medication treatment.

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