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Interview with Ricardo, Lori, Carlos, Kirk, Tyler, Enrique and Anna

JM: How many different blocks were there?
Ricardo: There were 8 floors and about 6 blocks per floor that housed about 36 inmates.
Lori: one for MH based individuals/regular/federal separation according to charge on record
Carlos: Its hard to tell. Some jails are built to disarroint you
Kirk: In the annex there are 3 units with 4 blocks each and each block has 6 pods
Tyler: there where a lot,,, ten plus floors
Enrique: there were two units A block and C block
Anna: There are 9 cell blocks on each floor that hold different capacities

JM: Did they have names? If so, what were they?
Ricardo: Blocks went by letters. A-G.
Lori: It has been 17 years..I do not recall...nick names maybe as i do not recall fully
Carlos: Usually called cell blocks or tanks
Kirk: A unit C unit and lock down each block is numbered 100 through 1200
Tyler: they didn't have names, they where all numbers and letters.
Enrique: A unit was considered the jungle due to the fact that it held the black inmates.
Anna: they call the cell blocks by numbers, they start at 10 and go up to 90 in multiples of 10.

JM: Which types of inmates were housed in the different blocks?
Ricardo: Blacks were seperated and so were the transvestites.
Lori: according to disorder and type of charge...mental health not recall who/what/where...I know that the federal block were the hardened criminals...they were sometimes so normal looking and even attractive. In my case I felt forced to mix...scarier criminal...
Carlos: Gang members drug addicts domestic violence car thieves burglars
Kirk: African Americans are primarily housed in A unit and inmates affiliated with the barrio azteca gang are kept in C unit lockdown is for disciplinary inmates or psych inmates whites and Mexicans are dispersed throughout the jail
Tyler: in other blocks separated from the regular population there where inmates that where in lockdown, and those people are either dangerous people or they are at risk, of getting hurt .
Enrique: C unit was made up of Mexicans and A unit was made up of black and as well as white inmates that considered them selves black and any mexican that was not gang related and could be around the black inmates.
Anna: they have maxium security, medium security, and minimum security. If you were maximum security you are only allowed to be housed with maximum security inmates, medium and minimum were allowed to be housed together.

JM: What do you remember being the nicest and worst parts about the different blocks?
Ricardo: The nicest thing about different blocks was that they were all clean, worst was that peoples tempers would flare and fights would break out at the drop of a dime.
Lori: nothing at all...other than that their was a separation. I knew a lot about the MH unit being like total isolation which is considered a poor way of dealing with those with active diagnosis. Nice was not the word...orderly like empty space was what jail was like and how the inmates overcame a really bad situation
Carlos: Nothing nice and the people sucked
Kirk: In population you live in a 6 man cell a 24 man tank the doors during the day are locked and periodically opened to allow you to go In or out it is supposed to be hourly but usually isn't I lockdown is single man cells some have showers in them you are allowed a hour out of your cell everyday
Tyler: the blocks that where regular population where okay because you get to talk to people and sometimes you have access to the yard to go play basketball outside depending on who is supervising the area, some other blocks tough wont let you go out due to being real violent and those blocks are separated.
Enrique: C unit was cleaner and made up of lots of inmate rules put in to place to keep it clean and the other inmates from causing harm to any other imates. We had rules so people could live as comfortable as possible. Keeping you area clean and personal hygene were the main rules in C unit.
Anna: The nicest part of certain cell blocks was that the cell block was a 8 man tank. An 8 man tank consisted of 8 small rooms to where each inmate had their own room with a toliet and a sink and a desk. The worst part of the other cell blocks is that they hold 16 females, so you are 4 to a room.

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