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Interview with Sarah, Drew and Paul

JM: How often could you receive visitors?
Sarah: Only on the weekends, Sat and Sun. Visits lasted 20 minutes. Children could only come on the first weekend of the month. You can only see one child at a time and the most children that can come at once are three. The time has to be divided and you visit with each individually.
Drew: We could receive visits twice a week twenty min unless its an attorney visit and
Paul: visits were every weekend for two hours, if you lived over 8 hours away like i did u got four hour visits. Only two adults and two children are aloud at a time. If you are allowed contact visits you will be across a table from them but if you have gotten into trouble and are not allowed contact visits it will be through glass with a phone. Your family is allowed to buy you snacks and sodas from the machines but you cannot take anything back to the call with you

JM: Was the check-in process lengthy for those who came to see you?
Sarah: It depends on what time they came. If they came super early they would get right in. If you would come in the middle of the visiting time, you could be sitting for an hour or more. The male side takes a lot longer.
Drew: The check in process is really long depending on the line and depending on what cell lock you live in my wife waited long and in another part is was short
Paul: Yes, there are thousands of prisoners and everyones family only has two days out of the week to visit them so there are hundreds of people waiting and the visit rooms are only so big. My family has told me they have waited up to three hours to see me

JM: What was the visiting environment like?
Sarah: You sit down with glass in front of you and you each have a phone.
Drew: All the inmates are pretty much tring to behave In front of your family but there is an occasional fight between rivals who got contact hit order s or arguments between spous sor touching the window you can tell some men want to cry but you can't in front of everyone
Paul: You are in a room with tables set up everywhere, there is a chair set on one side of the table for you and other chairs on the other side for your family. You are allowed to hold there hands or carry your child but thats it, one kiss, one hug. Guards are constantly waliking around and watching for anything you shouldnt be doing, there are snack and soda machines your family can get you stuff from and yes you can get as much as you want.

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