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Baldwin County Jail
310 Hand Avenue
Freddy: My sentence was for two and a half years.
JM: Did you spend time in a holding cell after your sentencing? If so, what was that like? If you didn't where did they they take you instead?
Freddy: I spent an hour in a holding cell after my sentencing for observation to make sure that I would not exhibit any behavior that would constitute a danger to myself. It was boring, but at the same time began my reflective process as I had just learned the true nature of my crime.
Located in the town of Bay Minette, Alabama, Baldwin County Correctional Facility (Formally known as Baldwin County Jail) has been located on the same property for nearly 200 years. What started out as a small county jail it has been increased in size by small increments starting in 1970. Today this facility can house nearly 700 inmates at any one time. The majority of these inmates are classified as pre-trial inmates, meaning they are awaiting action of the courts. A smaller number of these detainees are housed here from other jurisdictions or are awaiting transport and relocation to another state prison to which they have been assigned.
Often, Baldwin County Correctional Facility will be the holding place for many inmates that have been arrested in a county wide drug sting. In October 2012, 20 men were arrested in a county wide drug sting called "Operation St. Michael". The operation's name derives from the patron saint of law enforcement named St. Michael. Currently the men arrested in this sting, who did not post bail, are awaiting arraignment proceedings and are housed in the facility. Since this is the largest jail in the region it becomes a natural holding site for those apprehended in large operations.
There are typically around 18,000 inmates processed each year at this regional facility. Baldwin County is the institutional hub from most of southern Alabama and is often used as an overflow site for other jails in the state. Do to it's regional position the jail also maintains a full medical staff including a dentist. Each inmate is set up with an Inmate Trust Account, which is an account that is set up to allow each detainee to pay a co-pay for their medical services.
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