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Jail Layout

Interview with Ray, Oscar and Marshall

JM: How many different blocks were there?
Ray: I think there were at least 3 blocks with as many as 4 floors in addition to the dorms where there were as many as 8 different holding areas of different sizes.
Oscar: 10 blocks and multiple dorms (Temp and Regular)
Marshall: there was 4 blocks .

JM: Did they have names? If so, what were they?
Ray: Dorms 1-8, West Block, East Block, South Block, Segregation, Medical
Oscar: West 1-3, Center 2 and 3, East 1-3, Rhu, Southblock
Marshall: they where called dorms where i was at in hartford county

JM: Which types of inmates were housed in the different blocks?
Ray: The more violent offenders were eventually in the blocks but not always did it matter. You could have a petty crime and be celled up with a murderer. At HCC, I don't think it really mattered.
Oscar: There is no way to really define that as to what types but mainly in the blocks are violent or inmates they dont feel would be best in that type of secure environment
Marshall: there was all types all races, there was people that just wanted to do their time and go home there was the gangs and young kids looking to get a name for themselves

JM: What do you remember being the nicest and worst parts about the different blocks?
Ray: There is nothing nice about it. You deal with what you are given. At no time is there ever a normal moment. Certain things are supposed to happen on a recurring basis but they are never guaranteed. All you can do it associate with those that you feel most comfortable around. Even that doesn't always pan out.
Oscar: i guess the worst things about the blocks are the limited heat in the winter, excruciating heat in the summer, the cleanliness is not too good and the jail is in astate of major disrepair, the food areas are also recreation rooms and tiny, broken stools throughout the dining area, I cant think of a good point.
Marshall: there was nothing nice about it i dislike having to move because then you got to meet all these new inmates all over again and you dont know who your going to run into, you dont know how the CO's are and you have to ajust to the new enviorment

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