Interview with Tom, Jessica, Justin, Pat and Sandi
JM: How many different blocks were there? Tom: in the tent are there was one for females, one
for work release, one for work furlough and one
for hard time all in the same area with 10 foot
fencing separating them Jessica: 5 per floor in a * shape with the Detention
Officer station in the hub of the * Justin: depends.. in towers you had one tower, 4 blocks
and 15 cells per block, in durango you had a
house, four pods, and 16 rooms per pod Pat: I think there were 5
different ones Sandi: I think that there were four pods surrounding a
tower inside the Estrella Jail where I was located.
JM: Did they have names? If so, what were they? Tom: the only two i heard was work release
called "easy street" and hard time
called "little hanoi" Jessica: T12A, T12B, T13A... "Con-Tents", "Tent City" Justin: towers was "tower"
durango was "pods"
and tent city you had tents Pat: No they went by letters
except those in lock down
which was ad segi Sandi: I do not remember.
JM: Which types of inmates were housed in the different blocks? Tom: the breakdown was previously answered Jessica: by classification min, med, max etc Justin: maximum to medium would be housed at towers and
or lbj,, and minumum to medium was housed in the
durango jail or lbj or towers.. so it was mixed
up pretty well Pat: I was based upon the level
of risk that you are housed
at. Min, med and high levels
if risk and then those in ad
seg is how we were housed Sandi: Mostly violent offenders were housed in Maximum
Security, or repeat offenders. Also we had
prisoners from the state penitentiary housed there
as they awaited court or new trials. We also had
federal parole violators housed there.
JM: What do you remember being the nicest and worst parts about the different blocks? Tom: they were identical as far as number of bunks in
each tent the worst was no cooling in 120degree
heat or heating in freezing weather and in the
rain all the tents leaked and guards would not
let you relocate bunk out of water Jessica: nicest- Being released, the worst- bare minimum
food ( peanut butter, 2 6" rolls, citrus, cookies
2 1/2 pt milks - AM ...no additional food was
given until 10hrs later- and it was only hot meal
supplied per day) LOTS OF HUNGRY INMATES esp those
without monetary resources to buy extra food from
the inmate commissary
Justin: umm newer houses had nicer ammenaties.. but
ofcourse in jail nothing is nice, older
facilities suck as teh durango jail which was
condemmed back in the 60's had asbestos on the
ceilings,, paint chipping from teh walls.
windows cracked and or not there..it was dirty,
phones didnt work and teh tvs you could never
hear Pat: They all seemed the same
depending on your level of
security was how much time
you were allowed out in the
yard for. Ad seg only got an
hour out one or two people
at a time being locked down
would be the worst because
you have less privilages
available Sandi: The common area of each pod had about 5 or 6
picnic tables in the center. Around them was
enough room to walk a "track" around the pod.
Myself and another inmate calculate how many times
around the pod might be the equivalent of a mile;
I think it was 21 laps. I power walked the whole
time I was there. The worst part was having to be
there in the first place.