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San Joaquin County Jail
7000 Michael Canlis Blvd.
Brittany: My sentence was 60 days in jail, four years probation, parenting class, anger management and stress management for a year.
Jordan: 8 months served 6 months
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?
Brittany: If you cannot act right, you are put in a holding cell. If you behave you get to sit out in a room with chairs, plasma TV, and telephones that you can use for free local calls while in booking.
Jordan: Yes they did, it was a very crowded but pretty clean holding cell with other inmates. It was strange at first cause it was my first time in that type situation and it was very different than what I am used to
If you or somebody you know is heading to the San Joaquin County Jail you are probably wondering what to expect. Real interviews from ex-inmates of the jail shed light on what happens behind bars in SJCJ.
Getting along with other inmates
If you have never been in a jail setting before it may take some time to get used to how things work. You can't be friends with everybody in jail - there will always be inmates out looking for trouble and you're best just to steer clear of them. This is definitely the case in San Joaquin County Jail.
Over time you will come to recognize who you get along with and build a small circle of friends. Stay close to these people because they will give you protection (if needed) and friendship. A little friendship behind bars can make the time go by a lot faster.
Passing the time
One of the worst parts of jail is the boredom. Your schedule in the same day after day and many inmates report that as bad as the conditions and environment can be at times, boredom is usually the worst thing they face in jail. You can fight this boredom, so to speak, by watching TV, movies, reading books and just generally "vegging out" like you might at home.
The jail also offers a lot of other activities that might help you actually imrpove yourself. You can go to AA classes, attend church services or just walk in circles in a little yard. As far as church services go they offer Catholic, Pentecostal and general bible study.
Telephones and Visits
Telephone access is pretty good in San Joaquin. If you are in the honor farm you can buy calling cards that allow you to make phone calls out. Other areas of the jail are allowed to used phones from 8AM to 11PM, but all calls must be made collect. Be aware that when you make a call from SJCJ the person you are calling will know where you are calling from (there is an announcement at the beginning of the call).
You can have two visits per week for up to 45 minutes for each visit. You can also have up to four people come visit you at each visit. This is a great way to stay in touch with the outside world and keep yourself out of the jailhouse drama that inevitably brews with so many people living in such a small space.
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