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Interview with Tom and Abe

JM: How many different blocks were there?
Tom: There were 6 pods, with a central bubble which is command post behind plexiglass. One man per cell.
Abe: There were 4 different housing areas.

JM: Did they have names? If so, what were they?
Tom: A,B,C....
Abe: They were lettered beginning with the letter A and ending in D

JM: Which types of inmates were housed in the different blocks?
Tom: The only ones who were separated were those guys who turned states evidence, sex offenders or celebrity types. We had some high powered lawyer who got into trouble and they kept him seperate.
Abe: They were classified by the crimes that they were charged with. High security inmates were grouped together in single person cells on one block. I was in the dorm setting.

JM: What do you remember being the nicest and worst parts about the different blocks?
Tom: The nicest part was I like the fact they had CNN on all the time and they had church, DWI programs. The worst was the food. It was terrible. It was also freezing cold. So cold you could see your breath.
Abe: The location of the telephones were much more preferrable in the dorm unit. The phones were also on longer than that of the high security cells. The food was also delivered to the dorms before it was delievered in the cells. I liked getting to eat before everyone else did.

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