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Reviews for Orange County Jail


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JM: Which jail did you visit?
Barb: OCJ Women's

JM: How long ago was your visit?
Barb: August 2012

JM: How many times did you visit?
Barb: Once

JM: How do you go about making an appointment to see an inmate?
Barb: This is about picking up a prisoner that is being released: The information-gathering process was bureaucratic and time-consuming. The official release time was 7 p.m. the next morning, but you could come at 11 p.m. the night before if they had someone to leave the premises with.

JM: How long did check-in process take?
Barb: After checking in at the desk, the Guard/Admin kept us waiting there from 11 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. standing outside, without telling us further instructions on what we needed to do. We were under the impression that they were prepping the prisoner for release, since that's what they told us. I inquired at the desk about what needed doing and they didn't say what needed to be done (something additional was pending but we didn't know it). After an hour, I went back up to find out what was going on and they said, "oh, you need to do such and such." Why didn't they tell me the first time?

JM: Were the guards accommodating?
Barb: They want to be sure that you know who is in charge, even if you are not an inmate. Forcing you to wait, even if you are polite and even, is one way they do this.

JM: What was the visiting environment like?
Barb: Nice loading dock! The summer evening weather was great for standing around and killing time for 4.5 hours while they took their good time getting our DUI prisoner, who had been there a week, out for us.

JM: What was the parking situation like?
Barb: At 11 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. there wasn't much competition for parking spaces.

JM: What advice would you offer to somebody who is going to visit an inmate in this jail?
Barb: If you are going to pick up an inmate, let them wait until their 7 a.m. release time. Forget the 11 p.m. night-before stuff. The Guards and Admins punish you more than the prisoner.

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