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Closing Advice

Interview with Kristen, Renee, Chad and Dennis

JM: What else would you want a friend or family member to know if they have a loved one going to this jail?
Kristen: That there is a period of time when they will not be able to have any contact with the inmate until they get classified. Also, to write and visit them often...those are the two things that inmates look forward to most.
Renee: It if very cold on the pods. Having money to purchase a long sleeve thermal, or sweatshirt under our uniform is nessessary. Also having sweatpants for sleeping is nice. Having two pare of underwear makes needing to do our laundry in our sinks a must, so its nice to be able to buy them off commissary.
Chad: If you are going to this jail, and have never been to jail before, be prepared for a shock in the beginning, as it can be intimidating. You will find it to be easier and less intimidating as time goes on.
Dennis: Depending on this persons version of help they could make sure this person that is in jail has money for commissary, to try and find a treatment program for the person when they get out if the crime was because of drugs and or alcohol and go directly from jail to that program. To try and find out if perhaps a better living situation is in order if it a younger person.

JM: If somebody knows they will be serving time in this jail what is your advice to them?
Kristen: Just to try their best to stay out of trouble, respect the guards no matter how much you hate them, and to try to stay makes the time go by faster. Get into as many activities as you can.
Renee: Save money to take, you will be hungry and need cloths. Get a good book to read, that was the best pass time because you will be locked down alot. And time goes by alot faster then you would expect, use it to better yourself so you dont end up back in the situation.
Chad: Be prepared for a shock in the beginning, as it can be intimidating. You will find it to be easier and less intimidating as time goes on. Try to spend time with yourself or a small group every day playing cards, reading, or talking to pass the time. Try to create a routine.
Dennis: Stick to your self or if you need a friend while in jail look to a older person. Do what the guards tell you with out any back talk. Go to church and get into reading and Dont GAMBLE. But most of all REMEMBER HOW BAD IT IS THAT FIRST COUPLE OF DAYS AND LEARN FROM THIS MISTAKE SO YOU DONT REPEAT IT.

JM: Please list any other jail or rehab facilities you have been to.
Kristen: I spent time in Cove Forge when I was 15 or 16 for alcoholism.
Renee: None.
Chad: I have been to Venango County jail, Allegheny county jail, and Erie county jail. I have also been to Gaudenzia in Erie, and Turning Point in Franklin PA.
Dennis: V.A. rehab hospital Butler PA.

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