I met an inmate and the U.S. Judicial system on the same day. What I find interesting is that when a criminal is on death row, they are treated totally different than when they are first accused of a crime. I went to see an inmate at California State Prison where he was incarcerated before his trial started and when I was there, I had to talk him through a glass partition. There were rigid rules that he was not to have any privileges of any kind — no refreshments, no contact or anything during these visits. BUT, when he was found guilty and on death row, it wasn’t nearly as strict. You could sit with the prisoner in a visiting cell, buy him treats from a vending machine and talk freely with him. They would ever let the guard take a picture of you with the prisoner. Of course, you had to pay for the polaroid shot. How strange is that?