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Solano County Jail

500 Union Avenue
Fairfield, CA 94533-6317
(707) 421-7100

Interview with Clinton and Tyrone

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Clinton: 210 days in Solano County
Tyrone: 180 days for felony evasion.

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?
Clinton: Yes. Horrible. You're in a dungeon like setting with nothing but bail numbers on the wall and a pay phone. It was crowded in there. Men were sleeping on cots on the floor. I was in there for about 8 hours. Once you are booked in you are sent to classification where you are observed for an unspecified amount of time. It takes about 4 days to go through that process.
Tyrone: Yes, in booking. It was dirty, stressful. They don't give you any information. I kept telling them my wife was going to bail me out but they only took me out when immigration came to talk to me. My wife paid the bail but they wouldn't let me out because I was on an INS hold. There have been a couple times where I was arrested and then have bailed out right away. My wife paid my bail an hour after I was booked but they wouldn't let me out.

If you or someone you love is headed to Solano County Jail to serve to some time, you may be wondering what to expect. Going to jail can be scary, especially if this is your first time. Having the right information can help to ease your anxiety and help you feel more prepared for the experience.

We have gathered information from former inmates of Solano County Jail, and compiled their information here on this site. To the left are links to the actual interviews. Take a few minutes to read their stories and learn what life is really like in Solano County Jail.

Reduced Time
To deal with the growing problem of jail overcrowding, many jurisdictions allow inmates to be released prior to serving their entire sentence.  Solano County Jail has such a program. It is assumed that most inmates will only be required to spend 2/3 of their jail time, or receive 1/3 off.

Although it is automatically given, inmates can lose this perk for negative behaviors in jail. If you want to get out early (and who doesn't?) make sure to avoid fighting, drug use, and make sure you know jail rules so you can abide by them.

Food
Unfortunately, the food in Solano County does not receive good reviews. Inmates have been known to lose weight because they disliked the food so much. If you have the opportunity to become an inmate worker (IW), you may want to try getting a job in the kitchen. Kitchen workers have access to items such as peanut butter, and they can replace the mystery meat on the sandwich if they don't like the meat.

It's also a good idea to have money on your books if possible, so you can order snacks off commissary. This has helped many former inmates supplement the meals so they weren't always hungry or dissatisfied with their food.


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