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Interview with Jessica, Sarah, Curt, Brad, Peter and Michael

JM: How many different blocks were there?
Jessica: I'm only aware of 8 different cells for the inmates and then there was also a medical room and a quarantine area.
Sarah: They have 7 pods and each pod has approx 4 cells and in the cells there were 60 bunks
Curt: 17.
Brad: 8 and while I was there they were building 2 more. I even even got to test the acustics in new. There were 50-60 inmates in a pod. There was rooms that look like they were once cell but now they didn't have doors. Two men to a room.
Peter: At lancaster there were 12 dorms.
Michael: Don't remember I think 10

JM: Did they have names? If so, what were they?
Jessica: For the women there was A-1, A-2, A-3 and A-4. For the men I believe it was C-1, C-2, C-3 and C- 4. Then there was a medical cell too for people that needed quarantined.
Sarah: A, B, C, D, E, F, H Pod
Curt: pods. a-h
Brad: Alpha, Bravo, Charley, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Gulf, Hotel,
Peter: They were named B through M.
Michael: They were separated by alphabetic letters there. Pods were A, B, C etc.

JM: Which types of inmates were housed in the different blocks?
Jessica: A-1 was where most of the new inmates would come in but it was also a dirty place with crabs and head lice. A-2 is where the really bad women went.. multiple felons, murderers, rapists, women wanted federally and whatnot. A-3 was medium security where toilets were in the rooms and the doors locked after lockdown. A-4 was the trustee pod and where some new people would be assigned also. They'd place you in different cells based on the answers you gave the nurse regarding your physical, sexual and mental health.
Sarah: A was for females, C was for males just coming in that were not asigned yet and the rest were for men
Curt: i am not sure.we
Brad: If you're violent felon you'd be housed in D pod. B pod was the hole, the shoe, the box, the lock down. A was for the women.
Peter: B dorm was a disciplinary dorm, L was the new arrival dorm, K was a faith based dorm, and the rest were general population.
Michael: The different security Minimum, Max, Close Custoday, Women, and etc. It also depends on if you are a trustee, inside or outside. I also believe that they try to put younger offenders togehter but I am not sure.

JM: What do you remember being the nicest and worst parts about the different blocks?
Jessica: A-4 was the nicest block because it was minimum security and you got a little more freedom. Everything was as clean as the inmates kept it because inmates are who swept and mopped. I'd imagine that A-2 was the worst because it was all the worst of the worst criminals and I imagine they weren't treated quite as well.
Sarah: Being women we could see down the hallway to the mens outside rec area and they would play basketball with their shirts off. That was great but the worst was having to walk down past the male cells and some of they would expose themselves to you as you would walk by.
Curt: well nice not many things about jail are nice so .the worst " ITS JAIL"
Brad: I'd say Charley was worse... it was dirty nasty had ants crawling all over me. They also charge you $20 to book and $3 a day. They take that money out of your account. Nothing was really nice. E Pod was cleaner and you can walk around a bit more. lockdown wasn't til 11 which i thought was good.
Peter: The best part about the general pop dorm was the air conditioning in the summer. The worst part about it was you had to share a room with 8 other men. There was nothing nice about the disciplinary dorm at all. It was open bay, which means you shared space with 70 men.
Michael: Nothing in the jail is nice. I really don't know how to answer this question. I will tell you the food is the worst, the set up of some of the dorms is open and helps with crowding and helping with feeling less crowded even if there are many of us in one housing unit.

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