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Interview with Jonathan and Mike

JM: How often could you receive visitors?
Jonathan: 2 times a week. I didn't have any visitors in Dedham, but in the alternative center they're 3 times a week.
Mike: I think you got visits once or twice a week I never got many so I don't remember exactly.

JM: Was the check-in process lengthy for those who came to see you?
Jonathan: The original check in is 15 minutes maybe, but by then the visitor has already had to fill out paperwork in order to be cleared. After that, the check in is short.
Mike: Not more than 45 min I would imagine, you have to get prior approval, and that can take a week or two I think, but once thats attained I don't believe it very long.

JM: What was the visiting environment like?
Jonathan: In the regular units, visiting is done in a booth and by phone through glass. In the alternative center it's done in an open visiting room. So all the inmates are together in the same room with their visitor. Some people are happy during visits, but many are upset, and seem very depressed during and after.
Mike: Sad you either talk on phones through glass or once you are sentenced you can sit across the table from your visitor. The room was small and crowded and its far from ideal but thats jail for you. Once you are in pre release the visits I hear got better but I never made it to pre release because I had open cases.

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