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Interview with Mark

JM: How many different blocks were there?
Mark: the jail is broke up in three levels.there is the basement where ppl with sex crimes are held,also in the basement the female block is located to house all females.then the upstairs is where the GP is,it has two ranges that run down along the blgd and there are cells on each side of each range,then to the side of general population is C-block,which consists of inmates who are in protective custody,or who have a seperation against a inmate in GP.behind the GP block there is the security block where inmate are locked down 23 hours a day,and these are inmates who are out of controll and cause problems within the jail,then there is the top floor,which is actually the roof of the jail,thats where your rec time is spent

JM: Did they have names? If so, what were they?
Mark: female block.GP(general population),basement block for sex offenders is called the"mud room"and there is also holding cells in the basement too.C-block is called "PC",those are the only names for the blocks.

JM: Which types of inmates were housed in the different blocks?
Mark: there are your regular inmates in GP,protective custody inmates are on block is for inmates that are trouble and cannot be allowed in GP bc of their crime inmates are housed in the basement or"mudroom".

JM: What do you remember being the nicest and worst parts about the different blocks?
Mark: i was only in GP,but it was stinky from poor hygiene,and showers are only opem once a day,and for the most part,your locked down most of the day,and its very hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter.and it has no windows to be able to see sunlight or anything else.

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