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
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
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.