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Closing Advice

Interview with Carrie, Michael, Roy, Tiff, Lela and Manuel

JM: What else would you want a friend or family member to know if they have a loved one going to this jail?
Carrie: no
Michael: its a hard time
Roy: Don't let them feel like they are abanded. It's very lonely being locked up. To know that people outside are there for you can do a lot for someones attitude.
Tiff: That once incarcerated you have no control over your life anymore. If they say jump u have to do it or suffer more punishment. it is back to slavery again.
Lela: If you're not familiar with a loved one being locked up... Even a letter once a week is such a huge help and up-lifter for anyone incarcerated. Also, any money, even a little can help someone a lot. You don't even get a lot of necessities like shampoo or q-tips. And you get fed such poor, little meals its really nice to be able to order canteen. For women atleast.. it's not as bad as you might think. It's not necessarily an unsafe place. Visits are also something very much appreciated.
Manuel: Go visit them write to them because it feels so good when you're name is called out that you have a visit.and write to them support them in any way possible.

JM: If somebody knows they will be serving time in this jail what is your advice to them?
Carrie: no
Michael: not to break the law not to go there
Roy: Keep to yourslef but be friendly when confronted by someone. Don't be a snitch.
Tiff: I would just say be cool and try your best once you get out to never come back. T Don't make it harder for yourself by causing more trouble . do what they say and by the grace of God your time rolls by smoothly
Lela: For first timers... You will get used to the routine quicker than you think. And set your own little routine. Take naps if you can, that helps the day go by. Just try to keep busy as much as you can. If you're cool with bible study definitely try that and find a decent book to read. Make friends but don't get too close or trust anyone. It's probably not as bad as you think and if anything it's probably just different than you think it would be. And if you are detoxing - it fucking sucks but its the best place you could be if you really want to get clean because you know you can't and won't use. And its such a bitch psychologically almost as bad as the physical withdrawal. For me, catching these cases and being incarcerated was a blessing in disguise because its what got me clean
Manuel: Keep to youself and don't trust no one .don't talk about you're case with no one.try to respect the staff.and do something like reading or sign up for school something that's going to help you keep you're mind of the time you're doing.

JM: Please list any other jail or rehab facilities you have been to.
Carrie: Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility House of Corrections
Michael: House of Corrections
Roy: Salvation Army Rehab. No other jail time other than as a minor.
Tiff: Winnebago County Jail
Lela: House of Correction, Franklin, WI
Manuel: I was also incarcerated in cook county jail in chicago I'll.and joliet state penatentioray.

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