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Interview with DC, Keith, Joe, Heidi, Dillon, Kami, Linda, Gregg, Matthew, Damon, David, Shelley, Justin, Steve, Jack, Rachel, Conrad, John and Ted

JM: How many different blocks were there?
DC: Hmmm..there were 4 "pods", that is 4 big rooms linked together by back doors to the gym they shared.
Keith: New Jail has 6 floors with 4 sections of 72 inmates in each, one and two man cells. 2 floors are sectioned different for medical and 8 man tanks. Green Bay has around 80 different tanks ranging from 8 to 24 inmates in each.
Joe: not blocks,pods.
Heidi: 4 differeny pods onthe womens floor- 24 cells per pod
Dillon: from what i could tell 4 per floor for 7 floors.
Kami: in the new jail there are 4 not sure about the old jail cold springs or green bay
Linda: 4
Gregg: This jail was huge so I would say at least 200
Matthew: i think there were 10 or so
Damon: There was at least 60 cells.
David: I don't remember how many blocks there were.
Shelley: Four floors, each floor had 6 pods. First & third floor for men, 2nd & 4th floor for women.
Justin: There are five facilities that make up the Tarrant County Jail, which holds around 4200+ prisoners. These five include: (1) Low Risk, (2) Green Bay, (3) the old jail, (4) the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center, and (5) the Tarrant County Corrections Center.
Steve: I do not know. I was on 1, I've seen at least 5 more while on trustee duty or walking to a visit.
Jack: There were eight different tanks/blocks.
Rachel: I do not know i was not allowed out of my cell
Conrad: 2 on every floor .
John: I don't know for sure. They were different for each building. But I think the majority had 4 floors.
Ted: 13 floors divided into 4 pods per floor

JM: Did they have names? If so, what were they?
DC: No.
Keith: New Jail - 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62 & 63 (women) ABC&D. Green Bay - 41 A-Z, 42 A-Z, 43 A- Z. Old Jail 25 A-R, 26 A-R (women)
Joe: numbered.
Heidi: no
Dillon: Just a, b, c, and d per floor.
Kami: a d c d
Linda: A B C D
Gregg: Some of them did for example cell a, or b and they were holding cells.
Matthew: i do not remember the names of the different blocks.
Damon: The only names they had was 1 through 60. all bunk beds
David: I don't recall them being named. But im sure they were.
Justin: The blocks on the Tarrant County Corrections Center were named after the floor they were on and given a block letter of A thru D on each floor. The housing areas began on the 6th floor, with Cell Block 56A. They ended on the 13th floor with Cell Block 63D.
Steve: They were all lettered and/or numbered. Cell block A for example.
Jack: They just had a letter A B C D E F G H
Rachel: They were. Numbered by floor and each tank had a letter ex 13d cell 31
Conrad: For instance one floor was 61a while another was 61b Greenbay had letters followed by number "r2"
John: Yeah, each block had a specific name based on the floor and which pod or block. Like 42C, 8A, 57B
Ted: 1 through thirteen and they were alphabetized a through d

JM: Which types of inmates were housed in the different blocks?
DC: All women in each pod. I think there were work release inmates in one of them, though. Nonetheless they were all women, though.
Keith: They are all mixed together.
Joe: youve got general population,and seg. crazies-seg, everybody else,g-pop.
Heidi: all types
Dillon: Unknown
Kami: class c to capital murders
Linda: They have different blocks for different people there are the crazy people who go to Belknap. then there are weekenders who are short term or ones that go to Rehab during the day they are in Cold Springs Green bay is for the Big Bad Boys then theres G Row for the crazy girls and Bad ones like murder and assault
Gregg: There is a suicidal risk cell, there is the whole cell for people who act up, their is the general population cells and then there is cells for people who need to sober up
Matthew: I imagine that the blocks separated the different types of inmates. One block may have been for felonies while another may have been for misdemeanors. i have heard before that sexual predators are separated as well.
Damon: There was some for misdemeanor assault, family violence, drug charges, DWI, shoplifting, theft of property, failure to appear in court, drug paraphernalia, parole and probation violation, speeding tickets and other various tickets.
David: Inmates were housed by crimes. I was in a pod since my crime wasn't that bad and I was considered a threat. Rapist and child molesters were sentenced together and so on.
Shelley: Cold Springs is all misdemeanor, minimal security.
Justin: The different blocks housed a variety of offenders, but most who had been sentenced were eventually transferred to the Green Bay facility in North Fort Worth. Women were housed on the 13th floor, in blocks 63A-D.
Steve: I think they just threw us all in there. No particular category. There was at least one inmate on my block, in my cell that was convicted of rape and another inmate for murder. There were guys on the same cell block as me who were incarcerate for non payment of child support.
Jack: Tanks/blocks E and G were the outside trustees. The rest of the tanks were for work release and the people that had to do weekends. All tanks were for low risk inmates.
Rachel: Where i was housed they were either aggresive, suicidal or they were put there for their own protection. Some were mental and some were there to detox from heroin use
Conrad: the only people really separated were the child molesters and it was for their safwtyvthey are really the scum of the jail and every one assaults them and even throws fecees at them
John: I'm not really sure, I was with a lot of people that were for DWI and DWL or DOSL. I had heard that the Sex Offenders were all in the same blocks, so I guess they kept everyone separated according to their offence.
Ted: There was general population which housed all inmates until the inmate proved they needed to be housed in a single cell in rotation for fights, sucicidal, detox or for their safety 2053 2053 2053

JM: What do you remember being the nicest and worst parts about the different blocks?
DC: Nice parts - somewhat clean and decent Worst parts - being locked up, obviously
Keith: They inmates keep it clean. Green Bay is LOUD.
Joe: seg was best, the solitude was nice. the population i didnt ever like,too noisy,smelly.
Heidi: we could close our door and get away from everyone if we chose to
Dillon: Unknown
Kami: i liked meetin the ppl and hearing all of their stories i didnt like the drama that was there on all of them
Linda: I liked the High rise as I have been to Cold Springs and there and the High Rise had cable and you got to run the gym for every other hr play cards and alot bigger room to roam Cold Springs was the opposite.
Gregg: There is no nicer parts about the blocks. They are all filthy, unsanitary, and disgusting. People spit in them and piss everywhere, it is very easy to get sick staying in these cells and they do not care if you get sick and i have never seen them clean the cells
Matthew: There was not anything specifically nice about the different blocks. The blocks were just plain, the doors dirty and the temperature a little on the warmer side. At night, we only got one pillow and no blanket. It was always loud and the lights were always on even at night.
Damon: In Tarrant County Jail it was clean.You had your own cell that you shared with one person. You had a shower that you could use a shower curtain for privacy.You had a gym that you can go out every other hour. In Hutchins state jail What I hate about it was it stunk, it was dirty, You had to shower in front of 50 other people,Instead of getting your own room with one person in it they put you in a big old cell with 50 people
David: There was absolutely nothing good about being in jail but some of the worst things was the fact that I had to shower and use the bathroom infront of people. Knowing that they were watching. I also hated the fact of not having any alone time. I felt like everything was out in the open.
Shelley: Nothing. All was pretty dull & crappy.
Justin: The nicest part about the blocks in this jail was the fact that it contained large, single cells that we could go into or come out of at anytime, day or night, so long as no emergency or codes had been signaled. The worst part about being in this facility was the fact that officers stressed the noise levels as being too loud and either threatened to or did have us locked into our cells as a result, even when noise levels were not that loud.
Steve: Some blocks had pods with cleanly inmates but some weren't as fortunate. The worst part about the blocks is that they are big bird cages in a warehouse. Some blocks had younger, immature inmates, mostly. That's as nice as a statement I can provide regarding the nicest and worst parts of the different blocks.
Jack: There was nothing nice about any of the tanks. Come on it's jail, there's nothing nice about being in jail. It was hot and stuffie. For all the cleaning we did it was still dirty and it always stank really bad. They haven't had the ventilation system cleaned since the building was built.
Rachel: The new jail was cleanest and had more privacy and they had more privelages there. 2 pods shared one rec yard but alternated every hour. The tv and dayroom did not have a time schedule or lights out at a certain time. The other jails did and were not as clean
Conrad: you meet all different types of people but u really hated green bay because it was 24guts all in one sale all day sobtoy could imagine the scent and the testosterone level. The county was much better due to the 2 man cells and freedom to roam the tier .
John: At Cold Springs, on of the blocks was right by the furnace, and during December it was really annoying, Also, if you had a loud snorer sleeping in the corner it was tough to sleep. I liked being Downtown the most because you either didn't have to share a cell, or you only had one cellmate and you could go outside every other hour.
Ted: General pop had more priviledges. No lights out, rec was 24 hrs and rotated hourly, tv, library, phones, showers, church, bible studies. Rotation was bad because you only came out at your rotation hour which was your cell number. So if you were cell 25 sometimes you had to wait a full day to come out to shower

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