Full interview (by category)
Getting along with other inmates
Time off for good behavior
Food and Commissary
Lee County Jail
2115 Dr Martin Luther King Blvd
Jared: 2 years in prison 10 years probation
Bree: it was a year sentence
George: 6 months time but for good behavuor you do 85 percent
Sherry: I was sentenced to nine months in Lee County jail early release conditional on completion of a program.
Timothy: I was sentenced to 3 months for the violation of probation, with a new felony charge. I also got sentenced 3 months for the felony charge, which ran concurrent with the other sentence, Thus i did 3 months.
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?
Jared: you can have 1000 people around you but you still feel so alone
Bree: no being in the holding cell sucked more then being in a dorm. the benches they have are never cleaned and its always freezing in there, when your in a dorm you can at lease coverup with a blanket.
George: After i was arrested i sat in a holding cell for 3 days before i was processed and sent to the stockade.it was a living hell.the food sucked egg sandwiches for breakfast and balogna for lunch.
Sherry: Yes I spent what seemed like hours but was probably only an hour. I was nerve racking. You can here every sound that goes through there. And all you have time to do is think and wonder.
Timothy: By the time i had went to my sentencing hearing, i had served 3 months so they let me out with time served. They didn't let me at court though, they took me back to the stockade, and i had to go through a few hour process of getting released. Going from holding cell to holding cell.
Life On the Inside
Let's face it: jail is not summer camp. This means you can't send a "care package" to an inmate who is on the inside of the Lee County Jail. Anything that is sent to an inmate that isn't a letter or approved photograph will be returned to sender. Yes, this means all the mail is open and inspected. Each inmate is given the clothes and toiletry items they need. If they want more than what is provided the only option would be to buy those items from the commissary.
A doctor is on call around the clock to handle any emergencies that might crop up. A dentist makes twice weekly visits to the jail. There is also a nurse on duty throughout the day to hand out any approved prescription medication.
For leisure time, inmates can watch TV, play cards or read. Other than that they are pretty much left on their own. Inmates are also allowed outside for one hour of recreation time once a day, weather permitting.
Good Behavior Policy
It is conceivable that an inmate can receive up to one third reduction off of their sentence based on their behavior. This means staying out of trouble with other inmates, not getting caught with contraband and being on the good side of the guards.
Visitor and Telephone Policy
Inmates will have access to phones to make outgoing collect calls only. However, if an inmate has caused trouble or the entire jail is on lock down the phones will be shut off. In order to receive calls from an inmate you have to set up a special account with GTL, a local phone provider.
For visits, you will be using a video monitor system as opposed to the old fashioned glass partition. An inmate is allowed one visit per week for one hour. Each visitor has to be on the authorized list provided by an inmate. In other words, if you're not on the list you can't have a visit.
Every visitor has to present a valid photo identification card and subject themselves to a search. This means that as a visitor you should show up early enough to get checked in.
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