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Hillsborough County Jail Visitor Policy, Florida

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Interview with Aaron, Jessica, Walter, Margaret and Sherry

JM: How often could you receive visitors?
Aaron: Once a day we could have visitors but I never got a visit since the jail was so far away from my family.
Jessica: I only had visitors once, after about a week.
Walter: You can have up to 1 visitation of up to two people in one day.
Margaret: YOU COULD RECEIVE VISITORS 3 TIMES A WEEK, AND IT WAS ON A COMPUTER SCREEN.
Sherry: Everyday, you get the kiosk, and put in the time you want to have a visit.

JM: Was the check-in process lengthy for those who came to see you?
Aaron: I do not know because I never got a visitor.
Jessica: It took about an hour for them to get in.
Walter: Most of my family lives outside of Tampa so I never had a visit, but I have in the past. The process isn't very lengthy but you must first fill out a form in the POD to get them in the, computer system. For anyone to visit you, the address and ID info you provide on this form MUST match what is on their ID
Margaret: NO IT WASN'T VERY LENGTHY, AS LONG AS THEY HAD THE RIGHT IDENTIFICATION. BUT IT WAS ALL WORTH IT, BECAUSE THAT WAS THE ONLY OUTSIDE CONTACT YOU HAD
Sherry: Not that I know of, you go to the visitation building, and stand in line to show your ID, and they tell you which screen to go to.

JM: What was the visiting environment like?
Aaron: It was a large window with a phone attached to the upstairs part of our pod. It wasn't very private but it was better than talking to a computer screen.
Jessica: I was put in handcuffs and leg irons, and brought to a little booth where I could talk to my family on the phone.
Walter: Sterile. Visitation is all conducted entirely over video screens with a pay phone reciever attachment. All contact visits have been eliminated for years. It is barely any better than being on the phone, because you can not actually be in the room with your loved ones. visits last 40 minutes
Margaret: IT WAS OKAY, BUT A LITTLE CROWDED, AND THE CUBICLES ARE SO CLOSE TOGETHER, AND YOU HAVE TO TALK IN A PHONE SO YOU CAN BARELY HEAR THE OTHER PERSON. I THINK THEY ARE FOR LIKE AN HOUR LONG, BUT IT FEELS REALLY GOOD TO GET A VISITOR COME SEE YOU
Sherry: I would say that it was a little difficult because of the video camera, it would go in and out, and it was not clear, sometimes it would not work, and you could hear the other people and see the other people, the environment was too closed in, and crowded.

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