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Shasta County Jail

1655 West St
Redding, CA 96001
Phone: (530) 245-6100

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If you or someone you know is headed to Shasta County Jail, you might have questions about what you can expect. Going to jail can be a scary experience, especially your first time. We can't promise your jail time will be worry free, but having the right information can help you prepare for the experience.

To get this information, we have located and interviewed former inmates of Shasta County. They have shared their tips and insight to help you know what is coming, and hopefully helps you avoid some of the mistakes they have made. Take a few minutes to read their stories and learn what life is really like inside Shasta County Jail.

Passing the Time
One of the most challenging parts of serving time is fighting boredom. Shasta County provides inmates with activities such as TV, work, art, and church services. Many inmates also work out as a way to pass the time. The jail allows inmates to go outside in the yard every day.

Food
Shasta County provides inmates with three meals per day. Unfortunately, the food doesn't rate too highly. Inmates who have money on their books are able to buy food from the jail commissary. Having money available for this purpose can make serving your time a little easier, so if you can arrange to have this available, you might want to do that.

Getting Along with Others
It can be difficult to get along with strangers you are forced to live with for an extended period of time. Former inmates recommend keeping out of others business, listening to the officers and react to other inmates only when needed to protect yourself. Following this advice can help you avoid problems with others and can help your time go more smoothly.

Medications
Shasta County administers necessary medications to inmates twice a day. During med call, a nurse hands out meds through a glass window. Former inmates report that getting an aspirin when needed isn't difficult.


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