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Erie County Jail

10 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 858-7618

Interview with Kathy, Cameron, Norm, Arturo and Isidra

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Kathy: I was sentenced to 1 year but ended up out in 6 months
Cameron: I was sentence to 9 months
Norm: Sentenced to 8 months county time
Arturo: I have not been sentenced yet
Isidra: I was initially sentenced to a 6/5 6 months in jail and 5 years probation.

JM: Did you spend time in a holding cell after your sentencing? If so, what was that like? If you didn't where did they they take you instead?
Kathy: yes I did till I got taken by a police van to the jail I was there over night, then transported to the jail where I served my 6 months
Cameron: no I was already in Alden and they treat you like your a kid in daycare they make you sit on your bunk most of the day and it's just a bad situation
Norm: Spend night in local town jail before being transferred to county jail. Town jail serves McDonalds for each meal and asks which combo meal and drink you want before ordering. The jail did not have pillows but did have a blanket and detainees remain in their own clothes throughout. After a night in local jail I was transferred to county holding center, went through a night on intake in a single cell bar style. After classification by way of interview I was transferred to the Correctional Facility and directed to my assigned housing unit.
Arturo: I spent one night in a holding cell and then went to a cell block for three nights and was then sent to the alden correctional facility where I spent the rest of my time
Isidra: After I was sentenced I stayed in the holding center for another day or two and was released on probation to a halfway house. Staying in a cell was ok because I could talk to people but the ofgicers were ignorant hardly attented to our needs. It was always so cold and the cover we had didn't help. It was dirty. And they hardly let us get clean clothes they always play with our mail also and leave it there sonetimes for days and days

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