The Chronicle’s Chris Moran finds inmates on the move at 1200 Baker St.:
They were working, waiting in line for the dentist, moving to other floors to appointments (medical, dietician, counseling, therapy) getting processed for release or shuffling off to a court appearance. In fact, my guess is I saw fewer inmates inside cells than on the move.
As a result, it seemed as though nearly as many uniformed detention officers, sheriff’s deputies and mental health and medical professionals were moving and monitoring as well.
The concrete halls amplify and echo sound, so any time someone raised his voice it startled me a bit. And the rattling of leg irons always sounded as if it were coming from just a few feet behind me even if the inmates were far away.
Most of what is on the walls consists of stern, institutional messages, such “Keep Your Feet Off of the Wall.” But in the dental clinic, there are at least a dozen depictions of Elvis, including a classic velvet painting.