WESTEFER v. SNYDER
725 F.Supp.2d 735 (2010)
United States District Court, S.D. Illinois.
July 20, 2010.
You can do a lot more communications down here [in Pontiac]. In Tamms—in
Tamms you couldn't do that. You couldn't slide—you could but it was very—it was real stressful. It was a lot more stressful trying to get—switch a book or, you know, something. Although we not supposed to trade, but we do. We trade books. We read each other books, whatever. And you can't do that at Tamms. It's just a lot more stressful. You could just see right in front of you. That's it. You can't, you can't. It's like you locked in.
Id. (Strickland Testimony) at 11.
Significantly, a Pontiac segregation inmate confined in an ordinary barred cell, as opposed to a cell with meshed steel door like the cells at Tamms, can not only talk to but also touch and, with the aid of a small hand mirror purchased at the prison commissary, see inmates in adjacent cells with whom he is talking:
Q. When you were at Pontiac you could touch somebody else because there were bars instead of a solid door?
Q. Who could you touch?
A. The prisoners next door.