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Interview with Jonathan and Mike

JM: How many different blocks were there?
Jonathan: I'm not sure how many, but I believe Dedham had about 8.
Mike: About 10 or 11 I think.

JM: Did they have names? If so, what were they?
Jonathan: They are letters A block, B block, C block. Then there's The Hole, Protective Custody, the drug block.....I'm not sure what letters those units were.
Mike: 1A, 2A, Max and Medium,2A, 2B, worker blocks, drug block, and prerelease. and seg / PC and the hole

JM: Which types of inmates were housed in the different blocks?
Jonathan: Before I went over to pre-release, I was in a unit that was split; half sentenced inmates, and half trial inmates. So when we came out of our cells for recreation, the trial inmates were locked in. When they came out, we were locked in. Trial inmates awaiting their trials can't be out with sentenced inmates. So each day, we'd only get about 3 hours total out of our cells. The trial inmates were anything from murder to drunk driving.
Mike: Workers in worker block, Drug block for drug addicts, 2A and 2B was where you went before you got classed and where you went back to if you had a disciplinary action. Or seg/PC if you needed it 1A, 2A, Max and Medium for pretrial and seg overflow.

JM: What do you remember being the nicest and worst parts about the different blocks?
Jonathan: With the mixed trial and sentenced inmates, the cell time is long....not much better than the hole....a little better though. The Dedham Alternative Center was great, because there's no lock on the door. You're out of your cell most of the day, and there's a bathroom, as opposed to a toilet in the cell.
Mike: 1A was ok you got a fair amount of time out of cell and access to the yard. 2B was 4 man cells and 22 hour lock down that was the worst. Drug block was great out all day no cells dorm set up, you get used to where ever you are, but 22 hour lock down is hard to get used to.

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