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Interview with Jessica, Justin, Pat and Sandi

JM: Did you always have access to necessary medications?
Jessica: NO and Im HIV positive and the jail knew it ... several times I missed doses
Justin: you had access to meds twice a day.. and the times always varied so it was never reliable
Pat: No you had to requst a medical visit
Sandi: No. I was there for about 3 months before I got my Psych meds, so I detoxed the first couple of weeks in jail then I got some of my meds there and had to get used to them all over again. What I noticed is that my meds did not work the same in that environment as they did when I was in my normal environment. I ended up having to give up on the meds issue for the 4 months that I was there. I was not allowed sinus type meds and was not able to get pain relievers such as Tylenol.

JM: How did you get your medications?
Jessica: lpn came and dispensed
Justin: a nurse would come to the house, and one by one administer teh meds to the inmate, sometimes the proccess was slow sometimes it was fast
Pat: A nurse would come around at certain times if the day to pass out medictions to those on a lust
Sandi: A nurse came around once a day to dispense meds. It is possible that this was twice a day and I do not remember correctly.

JM: What types of punishments were incurred for abuse of drugs? Did you ever witness this?
Jessica: rolled you out of the pod you were in to either the hole for 30 days or another pod
Justin: write ups usually were handed out. if it was extremem enough they would give you another charge.. mostly ppl were jsut sent to the hole
Pat: I dont know I didnt have any experience of that or see it happen to anyone else while I was there
Sandi: The inmate would usually be removed from the pod and, I assume, put in solitary confinement. Once in awhile it would get the entire pod locked down in cells for the day. Those inmates were not popular inmates. If there were every a question about outside drugs coming in or abuse of prescribed meds, our entire pod would get tossed and searched which could take a coule of hours. That is not a pleasant experience at all. One time, when an instance of outside drugs were involved and they did not know who the perpetrator was, we all had to have a drug screening. Those who did not pass where removed from the pod and received new charges.

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