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Interview with Tonya

JM: How many different blocks were there?
Tonya: In minimum where I was there were approximately 14 dorm type rooms.

JM: Did they have names? If so, what were they?
Tonya: No names other than the Bldg itself which was the Bernadette Bldg. The rooms had numbers.

JM: Which types of inmates were housed in the different blocks?
Tonya: More troublesome inmates were at one end of a very long hallway and we were at the other end. If anyone misbehaved however they would be taken to segregation which was in the other bldg. (Med/Max)

JM: What do you remember being the nicest and worst parts about the different blocks?
Tonya: Minimum security was nicer than the other Min/Max bldg. because there were windows that you could actually see out of and open! Max windows have permanent mesh over them which makes it difficult to see anything outside. Getting to GO outside was wonderful after 3 weeks in Max while being processed. Also, in minimum you could have food brought in at visits which was nice. Worst part? Just the fact that it was jail.

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