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Interview with Blake, Tyra, Greg and Eric

JM: How many different blocks were there?
Blake: I do not remember.
Tyra: I don't know
Greg: I'm not sure how many exactly, Quite a few.
Eric: There are tanks A through R, however some like ABC are all 1. So i believe there is something like 18 tanks when you include the three units of minimum security.

JM: Did they have names? If so, what were they?
Blake: No.
Tyra: I believe they were in alpha format
Greg: E, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, MS4 There was more but I dont remember
Eric: ABC-R, and Minimum Security Barracks 302-303a, and the womens min, which I dont know the name of.

JM: Which types of inmates were housed in the different blocks?
Blake: Inmates that where afraid of getting hurt by other where the main ones to get housed differently.
Tyra: I believe that inmates that had done hard time were housed in a different unit.
Greg: Men's barrcks, Women's barracks, Infirmary, General Population, There was a lot of the jail we never saw, Places for people who had done prison time or were heading back to prison and stuff like that.
Eric: ABC was high profile protective custody, those who are in the paper and things like that. D tank is the hole, where people are put for restriciton or punishment. E F and G are all prison tanks some for violent prison offenders and others who demand cells and higher security. H is a medium security prison bunkhousing unit. I is intake and nonprison bunkhousing. J and K are womens tanks, J tank being for those who have been to prison. L and M are higher security, and I am not sure what the others are. P and R tanks I believe are for sexual offenders.

JM: What do you remember being the nicest and worst parts about the different blocks?
Blake: Each blocks had their own restrictions. It mainly depend on who all was in the specific block. This mattered who would get locked down more.
Tyra: Nicest was being able to sleep and not have the pressures of my world. The worst was being up at 4:45 to have breakfast at 5AM.
Greg: In the barracks everyone was pretty relaxed and just trying to keep themselves entertained to pass the time.I hated having to wake up early every day for food. We got put on lockdown once because something happened in a different block, It lasted forever and we just had to sit there waiting for our lunch.
Eric: The I tank was nice because you could sleep all day, but horrible because you could only be outside for one hour a day if that. The barracks or min security were great because you were able to go out and work and be on the yard pretty much whenever you want, but the downside was if you werent working or it was raining and the yard was closed you were required to be in the dayroom all day with no bunk access.

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