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Closing Advice

Interview with Sam, Ron, Scott, Michael and Bruce

JM: What else would you want a friend or family member to know if they have a loved one going to this jail?
Sam: Yes send them money because they are going to need it cause the food is not enough you have to purchase commissary to get the right amount of food.
Ron: Don't forget about them. Visit if you can, write them as much as possible, send them commissary money if you can afford it. The hardest part about being locked up is the separation from family and friends.
Scott: Never use the phone in the cell pods unless absolutely necessary , don't talk too much and respect the authority. The longer you stay the better you get respected. Avoid getting in fights because its reported to the court.
Michael: If they are going to be in the jail for any long period of time they should have enough money with them to buy phone cards if they want to call anyone, and should have money for commissary items.
Bruce: write them as much as you can and vist the and if you can bail them do so it is not a very good place but always be there for them

JM: If somebody knows they will be serving time in this jail what is your advice to them?
Sam: Wear 3 pair of underwear and 3 pair of socks. when in changing don't take all them off keep for yourself cause you are going to need them.
Ron: Get someone to send you commissary money, memorize any numbers and addresses of friends and family, etc.
Scott: Try to get a job in the kitchen or as a food deliverer because they get access to the whole jail. they have more freedom and is not monitored as much as general population. They get unlimited amount of food as well and don't have to abide by a curfew or lights out.
Michael: Do not bring anything with you that you don't want to lose. I had a pocketknife in my pocket because i was homeless and on the street and i should have stashed it outside in the brush or something because Dupage County jail is a completely weapons free facility, so even though it was checked into my items bag it wasn't there when i was released and was probably taken and destroyed is what i was told.
Bruce: bring a thermal white top and three whites with you when you go it gets cold in there but wear it in and just keep to your self and you will be fine

JM: Please list any other jail or rehab facilities you have been to.
Scott: Taylorville Correctional Facility outside Springfield Illinois.
Michael: 1-Honolulu, Hawaii (downtown) jail - 1986 2-Cleveland, Ohio jail - 1997 3 Chicago, IL. Cook county jail - 1995 4 South suburban council treatment & rehab center, South Hazelcrest, IL. - 2006
Bruce: mchenry/narcon-rehab

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