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Interview with Brian, Marty, Linda, Charlie, Mary and Myron

JM: How many different blocks were there?
Brian: There are 8 floors with Pods A-F on them.
Marty: 8 Floors. about 6 PODS on each (a POD is a living quarters they go by for example 4A, 4B, 4C, etc...)
Linda: 3
Charlie: seen a lay out of 4th floor on wall, must be 16 or so pods
Mary: there were 8 floors with a through 5 pods on each floorthey were
Myron: super maximum pods, maximum pods, medium, minimum, drug pod, mental health pod, female, worker, reentry program pod, 2 hope program pods total's 33, & population average of 2,600- 2,800.

JM: Did they have names? If so, what were they?
Brian: First floor was where the Kitchen was at the second Floor and third floor was for Inmates who were sentenced. The Fourth floor was the Psychiatric Floor and was the Main Intake floor when you first came in to the Jail. It was called the "Shoe". It was the first floor you were put on prior to being Classified to the floor you were going to. Level 4a or 4b. It was called the level that you were put on when you first came in before moving to the 2nd floor for Sentenced Inmates. The 6th to 8th floor was for inmates who were looking at alot of Time in Jail and who were charged with serious accounts and charges. The 7th floor was called the hole and you were put there if you were involved in fights. The 5th floor was a Drug and Alcohol treatment floor but it is for hard core drug addicts. It is a bad floor and it is Program that you have to do all the time.
Marty: Level 4 (The shoe) the PODS on 4 were intake PODS. Everything else was Sentenced PODS
Linda: pod d, hope pod and pod f
Charlie: pods
Mary: they were like 2a 2b 2c and so forth. I was on 4e
Myron: 8e; 8d; 7e; 7d; 6- e,d,f; 5- b,c,d,e,f; 4- a thru f; 3- a thru f; 2 a thru f; 1 a,b,c

JM: Which types of inmates were housed in the different blocks?
Brian: It depended upon their charges and what they had on their previous Criminal History as to what Blocks they were put in. It also depended upon what they did to be put in Jail. Psychiatric Inmates were housed on the 4th floor. Inmates who were sentenced were on the 2nd floor and the 3rd floor. Inmates who worked in the Kitchen were on the first floor. Inmates who were Murders and other crimes were on the 7th to 8th floor.
Marty: You went to level 4 first to get classified. Then you are moved to the corresponding level based on the severity of the crime committed (for example 6,7,8 are max security, whereas 1,2,3,4,5 are minimum)
Linda: pod f was max security and the chute...hope pod was the program pod and pod d was med sec
Mary: there were inmates that were oused in protective custody. They had the hole. They had the shoe. They had general population. Minimum and maximum security. I was on medium security pod
Myron: Murderers and those alike on level 8, federal cases mostly on level 7, general felons on level 6, drug & health (mental and physical) all on 5, level 4 is male intake and 3 female pods, level 3 is medium, level 2 is minimum, level 1 is workers

JM: What do you remember being the nicest and worst parts about the different blocks?
Brian: There was fights all the time on the 5th floor and upper floors, 6th-8th. There was fights and people who just arrived to the jail on floor 2 B. This is where the younger inmates were at and Inmates that I knew from the Academy. The floor was very chaotic and was very loud and fights alot.
Marty: Not sure.
Linda: hope pod had alot of meetings and max pod f you were locked in seemed like the whole day
Charlie: acj employee's are true professionals at what they do. from intake to dicharge. did not have any bad experience's due to them
Mary: I've only been on one pod so I don't know what the other pods looked like. My pod was nice. I had 8 phones I had windows and a nice serving area. Other than that I don't know what the other pods looked like. On 4f there was dhu on same pod
Myron: Some blocks at least had a fairly fresh coat of paint and mostly hot water though many of the showers were broken. A gym on each pod was nice except usually no basketball. No library fortunate to find few books on a pod outside of a Bible. Worker pods were in Slightly better shape one.did have a locker and most of the equipment was well maintained.

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