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Closing Advice

Interview with Ron, Amber and Debra

JM: What else would you want a friend or family member to know if they have a loved one going to this jail?
Ron: Put money on their books so they can buy commissary. Send them books (directly from Barnes and Noble or Border). Make sure the books are new and not used or they might not let them in. Write them often and encourage them to call whenever they can. Visit frequently.
Amber: Put money on their books, write to them. If they aren't in the psych ward then visit them.
Debra: Inmates do not get pillows unless they have a breathing problem that you have to prove to the jail. If you have money, then it was $12 a pillow. Men get treated better than women. They get more programs, more opportunities, for example: work release, gps, and annex.

JM: If somebody knows they will be serving time in this jail what is your advice to them?
Ron: Jail sucks but more because you are separated from your family and friends than the conditions of the jail itself. Some guards might have a chip on their shoulder but I encountered a lot more guards who seemed to genuinely want to rehabilitate inmates than anything else. I think Utah County is a well-run jail. That being said, if a guard ever pushes your buttons you have to figure out how to not let it get under your skin. Treating a guard with disrespect (regardless of how little respect they are showing you) will create a lot of problems for you behind bars. Don't get too buddy-buddy with the guards, though. If inmates see you talking to them a lot they will assume you are snitching. The only lower rung on the social ladder in jail is a sex offender. If this is your first time in jail keep an open mind about what you can learn from other inmates. There are some really smart people in jail and a lot of genuinely nice people with a disease (drug, alcohol, temper, etc.). You will be surprised at how well all the other inmates know each other and that's because a lot of them have a LOT of time in jail. I would say about 20% of the people I met have spent more than half of their adult life behind bars.
Amber: Going to jail sucks but keep your head up, you'll get through it.
Debra: Don't make friends. Keep to yourself as much as you can. Read lots of books. Network with the programs that you can. and most importantly stay positive, you make the best out of your situation.

JM: Please list any other jail or rehab facilities you have been to.
Ron: None
Amber: NONE
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