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Interview with Tom, Jessica, Justin, Pat and Sandi

JM: How often could you receive visitors?
Tom: never in the tents except those in full custody but i am sure at Joe Arpaios orders the guards would always find a reason to cancel all visitation for something or another
Jessica: 2 30 min visits from county residents per week.
Justin: i personally never recieved visitors.. maybe once or twice in the whole 10 months i was locked up
Pat: 3 times a week for a half hour a visit and no more than 2 people
Sandi: I don't remember. I think 2 or 3 15-minute visits per week, but I am not sure.

JM: Was the check-in process lengthy for those who came to see you?
Tom: some wives would wait in line for two or three hours for a thirty minute visit to be told the tents were on lockdown and no further explanation given and lost visitation never restored
Jessica: unk
Justin: not that i know of.. they would come and sign in. shiow id and then they would call us from teh houses to the visitation area
Pat: Not sure we never really talked about the process they had to go through I know the couldnt wear certain clothes and were seached when they came in and left
Sandi: As I understand, visitors might have to wait a couple of hours to see an inmate for 10 or 15 minutes.

JM: What was the visiting environment like?
Tom: a room with about 20 booths with guards in every corner and some walking the floor, and never allowed to touch even arm or hand without reprisals
Jessica: video teleconference
Justin: 25 to 30 tables. you were handcuffed to the table and your visitors wiould sit accross from you, the benches were hard and cold and your visitor was not allowed to have any contact with you, and after that you had to sit in a tiny cell with up to 30 inmates waiting to get searched and takedn bakc to the house
Pat: It was like block cubicles with glass that you looked through and talked to the person visiting you there was a space between the glasd you could hold hand for a few seconds before the guard told you that that was enough and you had to let there hand go
Sandi: The visiting environment for maximum security inmates (even if it was an attorney visiting) was a very tiny cell with a seat. A see through partition with a voice box separated the inmate from the visiting side which was identical. Each tiny room to visit had a door with a detention officer on the other side of it.

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