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Interview with Oscar, Ralph, Robert and Bert

JM: How many different blocks were there?
Oscar: depending whet cell block you were in or tier
Ralph: In the downtown jail it was big complex and I didn't see or know how many blocks there were, although I had been in a cell for 3 inmates that was occupied by more than double that number due to overcrowding, then I was in a dormitory block, before being transferred for the rest of my time to an outside correctional facility with barrack blocks separated by fences from each other, time outside in the open air in a rose garden during the daytime. Therre seemed to be about 3 or 4 fenced off sections like this.
Robert: N.a
Bert: there were 8 different block if I remember correctly a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h house

JM: Did they have names? If so, what were they?
Oscar: el piton ,klepto
Ralph: I think I was told that I was in the minimum security part in the second place but there was also a maximum security part for more serious offenders. In the downtown county jail I was mixed in with all types except the sex offenders and transexual hookers, who were in a separate part. But all types of new inmates were humiliated by a strip search in front of everybody else.
Robert: E pod
Bert: the names were all just letters and house at the end for example a house

JM: Which types of inmates were housed in the different blocks?
Oscar: the black guys,the crackers,and the asians,paisas and us SOUTH SIDERS
Ralph: Downtown: sex offenders ina separate part and also small cells and large dormitories, also in the medical wing where I spent the first two nights because of my injuries, but this was just as scary as the other parts.
Robert: E POd 572
Bert: low risk medium risk ,high risk,then they would have like a womens side , crazy side, and sex offenders had there own everything . high offenders were keep locked down all the time

JM: What do you remember being the nicest and worst parts about the different blocks?
Oscar: my own race wich is mexicans south siders
Ralph: Worst part. being locked up downtown for most of the day. The free cool aid was laced with some sedative drug which made me feel sleepy most of the daytime until I realised and stopped drinking it despite the intense thirst in those hot sticky dormitories. In the second jail I could walk outside between the high wire fences and see the sky and the mountains. Downtown there was only about 30 minutes outside on the roof exercise area per day.
Robert: Worst new faces nicest u get to walk somewhere for a change
Bert: most of the time every thing was pretty laid back and good . but every once in a while you would get what we called a lifer or some young person who didn't give a crap and they would cause trouble. and also a lo of stealing going on was real bad, not to mention the staff infections going around

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