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Broward County Jail

555 SE 1st Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

Interview with James, Charles, Doug, Nick, Erik, Edwin, Will, Rickey, Lee, David, Ann and Scott

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
James: I was never sentenced, always plead, or negotiated, or open plead.
Charles: Original plea was 18 years lmfao. Took no sentence on any charge accept violation of probation, 60 days on that. Spent two months in broward for no reason as my timed serve was not recognized by Palm Beach county and I took no sentence in broward.
Doug: 16 months prison, 6 months in a halfway house followed by 3 years probation.
Nick: I was sentenced to a year and a half of probation. Interlock device, court fines, and immobilization.
Erik: My sentence was 18months probations which turned into 60days in the bcj.
Edwin: I was sentenced to 6 months (time served)
Will: I was sentenced to 3 years and 8 months ok state prison.
Rickey: i dont know
Lee: I was sentenced to three years and 5 months.
David: My sentence was for a year and a day. If the jail is not over crowded they will usually sentence you to a year. One year is county time and anything over a year is state time.
Ann: did a total of 21 months before given a sentence of time served for a guilty plea on the withholding charge
Scott: i did house arrest for 30 days

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?
James: The holding cells were your worst nightmare (at the courthouse). The cells are frequently overcrowded with no seats. The running water (HA) dribbles out so it is undrinkable. A water cooler comes around every couple of hours if you're lucky enough to be there when it comes. It smells, it's dirty (most of the time), no clocks. It's always freezing and inmates are not allowed to wear sweatshirts, and many inmates have no t-shirts or socks.
Charles: I was sent straight to ISO. 24 hour lock down for two weeks. Then I got to go to the 11 4A pod. No holding cell for me in Broward. In palm beach S6C was a phenomena, stogs and drugs everywhere. People cook adderal into meth using the fluroscent light bulbs.
Doug: cold and hungry
Nick: They took me back to the facility and I had to wait 10 hours to be released. Where I had to wait for an hour and a half to be released. Frustrating.
Erik: yes as explained before I was taken to court very early and not only did I wait a week before I saw a judge but I was also extradited on top of all the moving around. I was held for about 4 hours after court before returned to cell
Edwin: In my case I did wait in a holding cell. But knew at the same time I was going home... so I guess I was more anxious than anything. I wasn't stressing anymore ...
Will: There was no specified place for those sentenced to state prison. So I was left with inmates who were still waiting for court to be over. It was a terrible experience.
Rickey: yes
Lee: I spent about three hous in a holding cell afterwards, which was very frustrating. I was ready to call my family just to let them k now that I was fine, even more so I needed to know that they were okay.
David: After sentencing you go back to your former cell block and wait for chain (transportation to prison) witch usually takes about two weeks. The morning before you pull chain they move you to a holding cell to process you.
Ann: i sat in a smelly,ice cold holding cell for about 2 and a half hours, most of the time with bad news on my mind,,sometimes not even knowing if i was going to make it back into court anytime soon
Scott: i was in a holding cell for maybe 10hrs then i was moved upstairs untill the police officer came and got to me to set up my house arrest at my house

What Happens at the Broward County Jail?
This site contains information gleaned from interviews with former inmates who have spent time in Florida's Broward County Jail. We have contacted several recently released inmates who have first hand experience within the facility's walls.

About 1 in every 140 people in the States has spent time in jail or prison. In Broward, the states second-largest county, many people know of at least one person who has gone through the same experience, and while it can be disconcerting, there is plenty of information available to help future inmates and their loved ones know exactly what to expect.

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