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Interview with Brad, Brit, Chuck, Ben and Carl

JM: How many different blocks were there?
Brad: I was on the 2nd floor grand street side unit 3 but if I had to guess I would say approximately 20-25 blocks.
Brit: bout 20
Chuck: well in my particular section it was like a honeycomb sort of design. a guard office (refered to as "the bubble") and a circular like halway surrounding the bubble with about 4 units circling the halway. the number of units are unknown to me but there are at least 4 floors that i knew of and 2 gymnasiums on the roof
Ben: I really don't know how many blocks there are. I can think of possibly 3.
Carl: Many.....I heard I was in a better part

JM: Did they have names? If so, what were they?
Brad: It was based on what side of the building you are on.So it was Grand street and Marshall street.
Chuck: the different sides of the jail were named, i am assuming, according to the streets they faced. i stayed in 2-g-2 for a while (2=2nd floor, G=Grand Street side of the jail, 2=second unit in that particular section.)
Ben: There's Main Ave, Marshall Ave, there might have been a Sheriff Way
Carl: They are named after the street they side in Paterson

JM: Which types of inmates were housed in the different blocks?
Brad: Philadelphia inmates were housed on the 2nd floor grand street side, but there was also Bloods and Crips Gangs and they were also separated as well as those with sexual assault cases.
Brit: sex offednders where on 2nd floor main gangs was just about everyplace
Chuck: i am not completely certain but i believe 4th floor was gang unit. beyond that i am uncertain.
Ben: There is a block for pedophiles separated from everyone else, a block for violent inmates, a block for inmates that have work detail, a block for mentally instable inmates but I don't remember the names of the blocks themselves
Carl: They did make a half hearted offense to separate the worst of the worst

JM: What do you remember being the nicest and worst parts about the different blocks?
Brad: Supposedly we were on the blocks that had "air- conditioning" but I couldnt tell most of the time.Other than that they all appeared to be the same tp me.
Brit: nothing nice worst is very dirty i would try to shower atleast twice a day and still got merser
Chuck: it's a jail, not the hilton. there are no good parts and bad parts. it is just jail.
Ben: There is nothing nice about Passaic County Jail. There are cockroaches in the food and behind the water fountain. The food is inedible. The shower water is either ice cold or blistering hot. Its overpopulated and a lot of inmates need to sleep on the floor. I slept not only on the floor but next to a toilet.
Carl: I liked being in the basement-reception area---so bad ass folks down there but it sure got worse when I was moved to a cell housing area

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