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Interview with Seth, Clark and Lisa

JM: How often could you receive visitors?
Seth: you could have 2 visitors every visiting day which was every 2 weeks for most blocks
Clark: Normal low-risk jail inmates / gen pop inmates were able to have visitors once every two weeks. Those in restrictive blocks such as medical, displinary, etc were either not allowed visitors at all (besides legal counsel) or were allowed less frequent visits.
Lisa: Wee could have them every week I believe. I know some of the men had them every two weeks

JM: Was the check-in process lengthy for those who came to see you?
Seth: no all they had to do was stand in line then sign in and show a i.d. to the officer working out front then wait
Clark: I was told it took about an hour from when they arrived until when they were able to make it into the visitation room. This all depended of course on how long it took to get the jail inmates from the block into the visitation room mostly.
Lisa: Waiting in line was very timley. Once you were able to check in the process went ver quickly. Then there was the wait to go back and visit. The whole process took about an hour

JM: What was the visiting environment like?
Seth: it was sterile and impersonal there were pay phone like receivers on which you talked on while looking through inch thick glass which more times than not is dirty and scratched up with gang signs you get 15 mins. with sheriffs walking behind you counting down the time you have left screaming hang-up
Clark: It was just one room with about 10 telephones lined up in kiosks back to back. The inmates were each called in order and each was allowed 20 minutes. There was a plexiglass panel separating the visitors from the inmate and there were jail guards stationed on both sides of the wall watching the visitations. They would notify you when you had 5 minutes left, 2 minutes left, and when you needed to get off the phone they were very forceful.
Lisa: There were stools on iether side of these glass windows. It was my far clean or even up to date. There was no privacy at all. Sometimes you could hear converstations of other inmates. The phones had a oder to them as well as the room itself. Could use a good painting

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