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Daily courthouse dance a complex inmate ritual

Daily courthouse dance a complex inmate ritual

A man in a cell squawks like a bird. Another presses his face against a window in the cell door and glares at passersby. A woman lies sleeping on a concrete bench in her cell.

July 27, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Daily courthouse dance a complex inmate ritual

Daily courthouse dance a complex inmate ritual

Inmates, under the watchful eye of a deputy, are handcuffed together as they move into the elevator to go to a courtroom in the Pima County Superior Court building.

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Daily courthouse dance a complex inmate ritual

Daily courthouse dance a complex inmate ritual

A sheriff's corrections officer holds a handful of handcuffs he's removed from inmates who have arrived at Pima County Superior Court downtown and are waiting in a holding cell before heading to a courtroom.

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Old Iron County jail still used

Old Iron County jail still used

Iron County Sheriff Roger Medley hopes to replace the old jail with a modern, more secure facility. Medley is standing in the newer booking area for the jail on Nov. 28, 2012. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

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Old Iron County jail still used

Old Iron County jail still used

Iron County Jail inmates (from left) David Adair, 38; Todd Karn, 32; Dustin Smith, 28; Chris DeBoard, 22; and Justin Bales, 27; stand in the old section of the jail on Nov. 28, 2012. They said they prefer the old section rather than the newer addition because they have more room to walk arou…

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Old Iron County jail still used

Old Iron County jail still used

The one-story Iron County Jail is on the right in this Nov. 28, 2012, photo. It is attached to the prosecuting attorney's office on the left, which used to be the sheriff's residence. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

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Old Iron County jail still used

Old Iron County jail still used

During a tour on Nov. 28, 2012, Iron County Sheriff's Deputy Ethan McCoy, 21, points at the window bars that have been bent by inmates over the years in their attempts to get out of the old Iron County Jail. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

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Old Iron County jail still used

Old Iron County jail still used

Prisoners in the newer section of the Iron County Jail watch television on Nov. 28, 2012. They are from left: Dustin Smith, 28; Justin Bales, 27; David Adair, 38; Todd Karn, 32 (on top bunk) and Chris DeBoard, 22. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

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Old Iron County jail still used

Old Iron County jail still used

Iron County jailer Ryan Scaggs, 24, shows some of the old keys that work the heavy steel doors to the old cells on Nov. 28, 2012. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

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Old Iron County jail still used

Old Iron County jail still used

One of the many messages posted on the walls of the old cells in the Iron County Jail. It reads: "GOD Help me straighten up my life. Help me find my way home where I can be with the people I love so much! Your son & BELIEVER." Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

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Old Iron County jail still used

Old Iron County jail still used

Iron County Sheriff's Deputy Ethan McCoy, 21, reads some of the graffiti on the walls of the old cells in the Iron County Jail on Nov. 28, 2012. Occasionally, the walls are painted and the inmates start all over with new graffiti. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

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Old Iron County jail still used

Old Iron County jail still used

Iron County Sheriff Roger Medley listens on Nov. 28, 2012, as jailer Ryan Scaggs, 24, describes how the old cell doors are no longer closed on the inmates. They sleep in the cells, but have the freedom of the hallway next to the cells. One main door secures the inmates in the old section of …

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Old Iron County jail still used

Old Iron County jail still used

Iron County Jailer Ryan Scaggs (left), 24, and Iron County Sheriffs Deputy Ethan McCoy, 21, take a look at the old booking area for the original Iron County Jail on Nov. 28, 2012. Prisoners were brought in from the door on the right. One former sheriff had his residence on the second floor o…

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Old Iron County jail still used

One of the many messages posted on the walls of the old cells in the Iron County Jail. It reads: "A real man will choose death or time, before telling on another man for commiting a crime!!" Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

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Old Iron County jail still used

Old Iron County jail still used

The old section of the Iron County Jail begins just past the closed door and the storage area for prisoner uniforms and mattresses, shown on Nov. 28, 2012. The jail recently purchased some additional security cameras. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

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Old Iron County jail still used

Old Iron County jail still used

Iron County inmates pose for a photo in one of the old cells in the Iron County Jail on Nov. 28, 2012. They are (from left): Chris DeBoard, 22; Dustin Smith, 28; Justin Bales, 27; David Adair, 38; and Todd Karn, 32. The walls of the cells are made from blocks of rock with no windows. Photo b…

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Old Iron County jail still used

Old Iron County jail still used

Iron County inmates pose for a photo in one of the old cells in the Iron County Jail on Nov. 28, 2012. They are (from left): Chris DeBoard, 22; Dustin Smith, 28; Justin Bales, 27; David Adair, 38; and Todd Karn, 32. Toilets have been added to two of the six cells with a third toilet next to …

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Old Iron County jail still used

Old Iron County jail still used

A holding area for prisoners in the newer part of the Iron County Jail is a metal bench bolted to the floor with a set of handcuffs at either end. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

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Old Iron County jail still used

Old Iron County jail still used

Iron County Sheriff's Deputy Ethan McCoy, 21, walks down the hallway past three old cells in the jail. Three more cells are on the opposite side of the wall. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

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Old Iron County jail still used

Old Iron County jail still used

Five prisoners pose for a photo in the old section of the Iron County Jail in Ironton on Nov. 28, 2012. They are (from left): Chris DeBoard, 22; Todd Karn, 32; Justin Bales, 27; Dustin Smith, 28; and David Adair, 38. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

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