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Interview with Richard and Donna

JM: How many different blocks were there?
Richard: It's a big jail. Our block was a giant block of squares with 55 people in it. There are 12 levels of the building. There are a lot of people there for drug crimes.
Donna: In the part of the womens jail I was in they were called quads and I believe there were 14 quads.

JM: Did they have names? If so, what were they?
Richard: I don't know if they have names, but I do know they are numbered. I was in 4F-12.
Donna: They were arranged by letters of the alphabet and A- N I believe.

JM: Which types of inmates were housed in the different blocks?
Richard: I only know about my area. I do know they separate misdemeanors, up to the highest security which is the top floor. I was on the second floor.
Donna: There were all kinds of inmates in there. I was housed with everyone from the common drug addict to murderers. They do have a small womens section right next to the womens general pop called 377 where they had double person cells where they housed the inmates that were detoxing really bad or that had conflicts with an inmate in general pop or just people who didnt play well with others.

JM: What do you remember being the nicest and worst parts about the different blocks?
Richard: The only part of the jail I saw besides my own area was the supply closet because I had goodwill with the jail guards, and would help clean. That's another thing that gets you time off.
Donna: The nicest parts were the quads that only had two beds in them and the worst was the ones that had 4 bed crammed into one small quad. The quads are about 7 feet wide and 8 or 9 feet long. It was a big open dorm with short cement walls separating the quads.

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