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Manatee County Jail

600 301 Blvd W # 202
Bradenton, FL 34205-7953
(941) 747-3011

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If you know somebody serving time in the Manatee County Jail you are probably wondering what to expect. Read real interviews from ex-inmate of the jail who explain what day-to-day life behind bars is really like.

Presentencing in Manatee County
When you are facing criminal charges in Manatee County there will probably be a warrant out for your arrest (unless you are caught in the act, such as a DUI). You can either expect the police to stop by your house or a summons to appear in court.

One former inmate reported that the difference between a public defender (PD) and a private attorney dropped a 90-day sentence to a 15-day sentence. This doesn't mean that public defenders aren't good, but they might be so overworked that they can't focus as much on your case.

Getting along with other inmates
There are always some inmates you aren't going to get along with - don't try to make friends with everybody in there. It won't work. Keep to yourself and try to avoid getting caught up in jailhouse drama. Having so many people in such a small area (with nothing to do) makes people start stuff just to pass the time. Make sure you aren't at the other end of it.

Inmates like to play cards, checkers, read books and workout. Only the P-pod offers television but it might be pretty hard to convince everybody in there to watch what you want.

Visitors and telephone calls in Manatee County Jail
One nice thing about Manatee County Jail is you are allowed to have visitors as often as you like as long as they schedule it ahead of time. This means that you could potential get seven visits in a week (although it is unlikely that you will be able to actually get this many scheduled). The downside is that these "visits" are actually just video phone calls. They do this to keep people from trying to smuggle in contraband.

Phone calls can be made from 8AM to lockdown (in the evening) as long as the guards turn the phones on. They are $2 for 20 minutes (a pretty reasonable price for a jail phone call, actually) or you can buy prepaid phone cards on commissary.

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