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Interview with Richard and Donna

JM: Did you always have access to necessary medications?
Richard: I don't need meds but my cell mate was diabetic and he always had insulin.
Donna: Yes, pretty much. You had to put in a medical slip to see the doctor which could take up to a week in some cases. Sometimes if you were sick and needed meds you would be better before they got you to the doctor. And they still charged you for the doctor visit.

JM: How did you get your medications?
Richard: They take people to the infirmary to give them meds.
Donna: They have a nurse that comes up to 3 times a day and dispenses meds. They have little envelopes with the inmates name on them and they poured them into your hand and gave you a little cup of water. They checked you mouth afterwards to make sure you did not cheek your meds. People always still got away with doing it though.

JM: What types of punishments were incurred for abuse of drugs? Did you ever witness this?
Richard: Basically they separate you and put you by yourself. They add more time to your sentence and take more of your rights away.
Donna: They were put in what was called the bubble and given what was called the dog food diet. That is where they take everything you would have for dinner that night and put it in a blender and form it into a loaf shape and baked it. If you had turkey a la king, salad, corn, rice, bread pudding and two pieces of bread for dinner they put it alllll into a blender and then baked it and fed it to the inmate as punishment. I worked in the kitchen while I was there once and I observed it being made. It was given to a woman who had been caught using meth.

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