Each tent in Tent City has a specific amount of bunk beds (top/bottom style). These beds are plain, metal-framed beds with a thin mattress on top. Every inmate is given a bunk number prior to being “processed in” to Tent City. If you have a pre-existing medical condition that prevents you from sleeping safely on a top bunk, you should mention this immediately upon being “processed in.” If you are assigned a top bunk, DO NOT ask to switch once you arrive at your tent. Each inmate receives one sheet and one thin blanket (no pillow). When the inmate has been “processed in,” he carries these items to his designated tent and bunk. DO NOT ask for additional bedding. Throughout the cold winter months, this can be extremely uncomfortable—specifically in the nights and early mornings. You will get cold. If an inmate is lucky enough to be in the work furlough or work release programs, he will be permitted to bring in a limited amount of clothing, so it is smart to layer clothing. Wearing hats or beanies to keep your head warmer is not permitted. Remember, the idea behind Tent City is to make inmates uncomfortable and discourage them from returning. Joe Arpiao sticks to his motto: “If it’s good enough for our enlisted men and our military troops, it’s good enough for our prisoners!” You will be identified during daytime and nighttime headcounts, not merely by your I.D. card, but also by which bunk you are on (particularly if you are asleep during the numerous nighttime counts). You want to be sure that you are in your designated bunk during these headcount times. It is also advisable to have your I.D. card on you at all times, including sleeping on your bunk. Inmates are required to show their I.D. cards to the D.O.s whenever asked, and every inmate WILL be asked.
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