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Reviews by Concerned American, Lisa M. and Bonnie



JM: Which jail did you visit?
Concerned American: The Extremely Sad West Tower
Lisa M.: Dallas County
Bonnie: Dallas County North Tower

JM: How long ago was your visit?
Concerned American: No Comment
Lisa M.: yeasterday
Bonnie: on a weekly basis

JM: How many times did you visit?
Concerned American: No Comment
Bonnie: 2

JM: How do you go about making an appointment to see an inmate?
Concerned American: Did you say "Appointment?" I don't believe that is the correct word here. You mean first get on an inmate's visiting list, possibly stand in line with the rest of the unfortunate family and friend members, get processed like cattle, finally get seated in a most sterile visitors booth that is usually disgusting, wait for the inmate to be put in a closet cell in front of you, and then you get your visit that can be interrupted at any given moment.
Bonnie: i get there about 5:00pm and wait til 7:00pm when they start letting people in to check point and go upstairs

JM: How long did check-in process take?
Concerned American: Anywhere from one to two hours, even though you arrived earily and stood in the front of the line (according to how fast you fill out the form,) as you literally line up and are all processed at the convenience of the system.
Lisa M.: 2 hr
Bonnie: not very long well to me seems fast and easy i guess because i have been going there for a year

JM: Were the guards accommodating?
Concerned American: There are isolated incidents where you will run into a kind, intelligent, or at least a considerate guard, but several of the guards/staff have a total disregard for this type of human life housed in a world of horrific circumstances, and some even have a joyous attitude in the pain and suffering endured by those who have no recourse. The laughing comments, foul answers to totally understandable concerns, and the often over-exuding in power driven motives, are all quite disgusting to say the least. From a personal aspect, I am an educated, sensible, compassionate-humanitarian at heart, and in my opinion, I believe that some fail to realize that the position of a "visitor" means we have a choice, so the word "respect" is a universal term that should apply to everyone, even the incarcerated. Justice is a slow turning wheel, and for some, it comes too late. My question; I am anxious to see if my interview even gets in print.
Lisa M.: yes
Bonnie: somewhat a few at first now they all know me to the point that i always ask to assist with handing out the visitors slips { i like to assist } that's just my personality :)they all nice

JM: What was the visiting environment like?
Concerned American: Endless words that describe intense sadness, a state of urgency, depression, debilitating, emotional, uncomfortable, fearful, and any other term describing the complete process of a degrading experience.
Lisa M.: Hot and long
Bonnie: sometimes it can get very noisey and loud well i can relate to all those women that go see their boyfriends and or husbands im in the same boat :(

JM: How long was your visit? Did the guards ever allow you to take extra time?
Concerned American: Not ever long enough, when you are separated from the value of human touch, the absence of privacy, and the minutes that tick away closer to the reality of what is going to happen next. No guards have ever allowed me to take extra time, much less even care whether I visit or not. Realistically, I would have to guess I get around 30 minutes.
Lisa M.: 20 min no we were not able to take any more time
Bonnie: the most i've been there with my spouse is about an hour { we love it } especially when our visit goes well i mean we aint crying bc we are apart im still there for him and that's what matters to me

JM: What was the parking situation like?
Concerned American: Well, you pay to park, and that is another form of revenue against people that are already tapped out financially from lawyers, bonds, fees to the courts, and any other legal form of funds the system can come up with to impose. Not to mention, you have several poor and less fortunate souls in front of the jails asking for money or help. I don't quite understand why they would pick a venue that could easily get them either constantly run off or arrested,; but maybe a bed and food in jail is better than a cold night on the streets with nothing to eat.
Lisa M.: It was ok, at one point some one broke my window on my car
Bonnie: is alright im ok with it although back in aug 2011 i was involved in a auto accident because a [ guard ] was driving so fast trying to get to the exit crossing the whole parking lot bc there wasn't alot of vechiles parked and she hit me so now i drive even more careful and turn all over making sure aint no cars coming wrong way

JM: What advice would you offer to somebody who is going to visit an inmate in this jail?
Concerned American: Anything you say can and will be used against you or yours in the court of law. And yes, that applies to visitors as well. Be very aware of your surroundings, and try to mentally and spiritually take your loved one to a better place while visiting, as that is truly the one thing that gives hope and strength to the inmates sanity. Please be kind to one another, as from the outside looking in, the visitors are doing time too.
Bonnie: be patient understand the person whom they are going to see and put yourself in their shoes it's hard yes i know but i look up to heaven he is the one given me the strength to keep going GOD is in control of my mans situation i just do my part which is pray to him i couldn't have done it til this day without Jesus by my side i pray when im down i feel piece after im done praying becuase Jesus gives me the piece i need and the comfort to know is all right even though it all looks dark and seems that im walking thru the desert alone in realty IM NOT Jesus is carrying me and has everything in control i trust in GOD you should too try him you wont regret it . . . . JESUS LOVE YOU Be Still, Know that I am God Salms 46:10 this verse was texted to me the day my man was convicted last year and im holding to that verse God hasnt' given his last word is what matters and counts man did but not Jesus and that will be Victorious and we will be here to share all these people that come here looking for some kind of advise or just browing i will be back here to share all the glories that God has made I AM in Victory. . . . .