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Volusia County Jail

1300 Red John Drive
Daytona Beach, FL 32124-1075
(386) 736-5944

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If you or someone you know is headed to Volusia County Jail, you may have questions about what you can expect while you serve your time. Going to jail can be scary, especially if this is a new thing for you.

With the right information, you can feel less anxious and more prepared for the upcoming experience. We have interviewed former inmates of Volusia County Jail, and have compiled the following information based on those interviews. If you want to read the full interviews, click on links to the left that lead to them.

Gain Time
Many jails attempt to deal with the growing problem of overcrowding by releasing well behaved inmates before their full sentence is served. In Volusia County, this is referred to as "Gain Time." Inmates who have been sentenced can receive five days per month off their sentenced time.

To earn gain time, it is required that you follow the rules. It is very important that you avoid being caught with any contraband items, especially cigarettes.

Inmates have access to phones, but they are in pretty high demand. Generally there are 4 phones per area where about 32 inmates live. Phone calls can be made either collect, or calling cards can be purchased from commissary. The calling cards cost $5.

When an inmate purchases a calling card, it is matched to a number on the inmate's wristband. When you want to make a call, the inmate punches in the number from their wristband to place the call. Be careful because it is very common that people will steal your wristband number by looking over your shoulder.

Also be aware that the jail screens and monitors all calls. If you are using a calling card, the jail can track who you are calling based on your wristband, and will therefore know if you contact people you aren't supposed to.

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