A few months ago, I was interviewed by a reporter about Jerry and almost as soon as the story appeared, the prisoners at other facilities were commenting about it. One inmate even wrote the reporter. Once when Jerry was sick, it was an inmate who informed us of the illness.
I have to be able to sift through the information, however, to see if I'm being told the truth, but for the most part I've found it to be reliable. I once received a phone call from someone wanting to talk about Richard, and it took me a moment to understand that they were talking about Jerry because in his crime spree he went by the name Richard. The caller was the wife of an inmate.
Inmates send Jerry information about former associates, information he may or may not want, and otherwise try to help. It is a large network and the longer you've been in prison, the larger the network becomes.