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Interview with Aaron, Jessica, Walter, Margaret and Sherry

JM: How many different blocks were there?
Aaron: 36 cells in our pod and there were at least 50 pods in the jail. 18 of our cells had two occupants and the other 18 were singles.
Jessica: There were a few areas, but I was only ever kept in the one block.
Walter: 12 Housing Units made up of 4 PODs(Prisoner Occupied Dormatory)
Margaret: THERE WERE FOUR DIFFERENT BLOCKS
Sherry: I would say four blocks.

JM: Did they have names? If so, what were they?
Aaron: They all had numbers except for ours which was called the trustee pod. I was not familar witht he names of the other pods if there were names for them.
Walter: HU(Housing Unit) 1-12 1A 1B 1C 1D @A 2B 2C 2D etc
Margaret: THERE WAS A BLOCK, B BLOCK, C BLOCK, AND D BLOCK
Sherry: 5 alfa 5 bravo 5 charlie and 5 delta blocks.

JM: Which types of inmates were housed in the different blocks?
Aaron: Some of the blocks had sex crime inmates and a bunch of them were for the more violent jailbirds. Ours as well as a few others had non-violent inmates in them.
Jessica: Inmates were mostly mixed in together, the people I talked to were there for a variety of crimes, mostly waiting for court dates.
Walter: The housing is dependant on sex(men and women), and custody level. Most PODs consist of unsentenced inmates or inmates sentenced to county time, or waiting to leave for prison. If you are facing 25+ years they keep you in with the regular inmates, but if you are convicted to that much time for safety purposes they have you moved from the POD before returning from court.
Margaret: THE A BLOCK WAS THE CHRISTIAN/CHURCH BASED BLOCK, THE B BLOCK WAS THE SCHOOL/GED BLOCK, THE C BLOCK WAS FOR GENERAL POPULATION, AND THE D BLOCK WAS FOR THE THRUSTEES
Sherry: 5 alfa was a regular block, 5 bravo too, 5 charlie was for inmates who were bad, and 5 delta I believe was for inmates that were in a program.

JM: What do you remember being the nicest and worst parts about the different blocks?
Aaron: The best part was the vast array of books that were available to us. Many of them were in good condition and informative magazines were also available to us. I also liked how quiet it was because we had a deputy standing in the pod watching us. He didn't ever let it get too loud in there. It made it easier to read, watch TV or have a conversation. The worst part was being in lockdown for 4-5 hours a day. It was warm in the cells most of the time with very little air flow so sometimes it was hard to breathe in there. That normally made people more irritable which made it hard to get along with people sometimes.
Walter: The olderest housing unit(2) has single showers, other than that the units and PODs are all the same. The worst part easily is in the majority of PODs you have shower trees. That's a shower room with two poles coming out of the floor, and each of these "shower trees" has 4 shower heads for a capacity of 8 people in the shower at once
Margaret: THE GUARDS WERE PRETTY NICE TO YOU AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOWED THE RULES. THEY TREATED YOU WITH RESPECT.THE WORST PART WAS THE FACT THAT THEY FED YOU DINNER AT 4:00 P.M. AND IF YOU DIDN'T HAVE NO COMMISSARY MONEY, YOU WOULD BE HUNGRY UNTIL THE MORNING. AND THEY KEPT THE BLOCKS SO COLD IN THERE
Sherry: The nicest is that if you had a problem with an inmate you were able to move to a different pod or block, but the worst was the different guards some were really mean and nasty, some would let you watch tv, some would'nt, some made you go to bed early.

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