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Bay County Jail

5700 Star Ln
Panama City, FL 32404-2034
(850) 785-5245

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If you or someone you know is headed over to Bay County Jail to serve some time, you may be wondering what to expect. Going to jail can be a scary experience, especially if you have never been there before. We have interviewed former inmates of this jail so you can become more informed about what life is really like on the inside.

To the left are links to the actual interviews, and below is general information we have compiled based on the interviews. Take a few minutes to learn about life in Bay County Jail, so you can be more prepared to serve your own time (or be able to help somebody else serving theirs).

A lot of people going to jail for the first time are worried about how they will be treated by the other inmates. Former inmates of this jail advise that when you get there, it's best to sit back and watch the others for a few days. Take time to identify the troublemakers, and make sure not to get involved with them.

Don't give off an attitude that you are better than anybody else, or that you don't belong in jail. It's also a good idea not to discuss your charges with other inmates. If someone asks you what your crime was, it's OK to say "I prefer not to say." You don't have to be rude to maintain some privacy about your situation.

Fortunately, former inmates report that medical care is pretty accessible in Bay County Jail. If you need medical care you will receive it in a timely manner, but don't expect it to be free. You will be charged $5 every time you see a doctor, and $2 for each prescription.

A nurse comes around morning and evening to administer medications. If you take meds, you line up at the med cart and wait your turn. The nurse will check your mouth after you take the medication to make sure you aren't cheeking the pill. If you are caught abusing substances in Bay County, you can expect to be written up and sent to lockdown.

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