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Getting along with other inmates
Time off for good behavior
Food and Commissary
Levy County Jail
9150 Northeast 80th Avenue
Elise: I think I was in there for about a week or two, then released from charges being dropped
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?
Life On the Inside
A former inmate of Levy County Jail described it as being "like the old Andy Griffith jail. Each cell was bars, with 2 beds in each cell." Actually, they jail can hold up to 304 inmates which is way more than Barney Fife could ever handle!
Levy County can best be called a "no-frills" kind of a jail. There isn't any television for the inmates to watch or newspapers to read. Despite what you might think about prisoners getting buffed up, Levy has no weights or weight machines. If an inmate wants to stay in shape they have to be creative. They are given 3 hours of outdoor recreation which really amounts to time in the yard.
There is a library and inmates can check out up to six books at time. Additionally, the jail offers weekly church services and programs for anger management, Alcoholics Anonymous and other life skills. All of this means that inmates can truly work on themselves while on the inside with the hopes of making improvements.
The food at the jail wasn't given high marks from a former inmate but on the plus side there is a canteen that inmates can order snacks from. As for medications, they are brought directly to the inmates as needed.
Good Behavior Policy
Florida is very strict when it comes to handing out good behavior time. Reductions of sentences are only granted to trustees and then only for a limited number of days. Even without handing out good behavior time, inmates are expected to act like they are working for that. In other words, nonsense is not tolerated on any level.
Visitor and Telephone Policy
Inmates can make phone calls during the day with the cost averaging to $2.25 for each 15 call. Visits only occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Each visitor must already be on the inmates approved list. Every visitor must subject themselves to a search and even a possible background check before being approved for a visit. Visitors can't bring any item into the visiting area and must dress appropriately.
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