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Interview with Aaron, Jessica, Walter, Margaret and Sherry

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Aaron: I was never sentenced. I spent thirty days waiting for my pre-trial sentencing date and was released the next morning because I was on hold for Pinellas County jail so I was instead transferred to the other jail to await sentencing there,
Jessica: given 2 weeks.
Walter: 6 months in county jail
Margaret: I WAS INCARCERATED FOR 2 MONTHS
Sherry: bascially it was a ten month sentence.

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?
Aaron: I was never sentenced but I was put into a trustee pod the whole time I was there except for the first night. It was very lax and easy time to do since we had an outside area we could go out to for most of the day and exercise, play basketball, or lay out under the sun. We were in lockdown for four to five hours a day in very small cells but I had a roommate so it felt even smaller. The T.V. was good on the weekends because we got the major local channels which meant we could watch football and baseball games. During the week all we got were a few Public Access channels so I took time reading many books that were available to us in the pod or playing cards or checkers. Many people were not very smart or had trouble understanding English so I helped out those that asked me for help. This made time pass by more quickly and made me part of an alliance of inmates that made me feel safe and needed. I actually, at times, enjoyed being at this jail because of the little bits of freedom I was given in a trustee pod. These were less violent members of ORJ and some guys were good for meaningful conversations. It is better to be free but compared to Pinellas jail, ORJ is far and above the better of the two.
Jessica: Yes, after court I sat in a holding cell for a couple more hours, while shackled, waiting to be brought back to jail.
Walter: Not a holding cell, but a waiting room similar to booking. There is a deputy's desk for any questions you have for the deputies. They serve balogna sandwiches with a juioce pouch if you're there long enough and have a flat screen tv hung on the wall.
Margaret: AFTER SENTENCING THEY PUT YOU IN A HOLDING CELL WITH A BUNCH OF OTHER WOMEN. IT WAS COLD, AND CROWDED, AND IT DIDN'T SMELL GOOD. SEEMED LIKE WE WERE IN THERE FOREVER.
Sherry: Yes after my sentencing I was shakled and taken back the the holding cell, it was nasty, women used the toilet in front of you, no privacy, and it was crowded.

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