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.