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Cobb County Jail

1825 County Services Pkwy SW
Marietta, GA 30008
ph. (770) 499-4200

Interview with Harry, DoneMyTime, Linda, Missy, Josh, Alex, Chrissy, Gary, Greg, Charlie, Melissa, Harley, Billy, Jimmy and Hanna

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Harry: I was sentenced for 30 days in Jail. It was either serve the time or lose my drivers license for a period of 5 years. I chose to serve the time as 5 years is impossible for me unless I did not work or have any responsibility.
DoneMyTime: 4 months until bonded out
Linda: 0 days.I called the prosecutors bluff. She said she flew witnesses in for court. So, the day of court we introduced her to my two witnesses.
Missy: 10 YEARS DO 2.
Josh: 10 days
Alex: A week is the amount of time I spent in a cell
Chrissy: 17 DAYS
Gary: 5 years probation
Greg: none
Charlie: I was sentenced to 1 year in jail and 5 years of probation.
Melissa: I was sentenced to 3 days in jail. I reported to the visitation center to turn myself in a couple of hours after the same day I was sentenced. I wanted to get my jail time done and over with. I was in the jail for only approximately 16 hours. They released me early. A recent law went into effect in 2013 in the state of GA in which inmates get credit for good behavior as soon as they enter jail. This may have attributed to my early release, but I was never informed and still do not know how I was released so early.
Harley: one year long .. long time
Billy: 2 YEAR AND 2 MON
Jimmy: 3 years thats was real long

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?
Harry: Once I appeared for sentencing it was quite an odd evening. I went out with my fiance to have dinner and drinks, to somewhat "prime" myself for the experience I was about to endure. Anyhow, I drank entirely too much that night, and was a little scared to appear to serve time drunk. I ended up sleeping it off a little while before I had her wake me up and take me in to Jail. Once brought to Jail, I walk in the front door and tell the officer I am here to serve my time. They looked at me like I was crazy for turning myself in and coming in to serve time. The rest of the holding cell information you will find in the earlier paragraph.
Hanna: I spent 5 hours in the holding cell before they pushed the paper work through to book me.
DoneMyTime: yes, boring
Linda: No.
Missy: YES I DID,AND IT WAS HELL COLD AND HAVING TO SEE ALL THOSE GIRLS COME BACK IN DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE THEY WERE'NT GOING HOME TO THEY'RE KID AND FAMILY.IT'S REALLY SAD.
Josh: Yes. After being sentenced, I spent approximately 5 hours in a holding cell at the courthouse until I was transported to the jail.
Alex: The holding cell was open and comfortable. There was a television on which we could watch Fox News.
Chrissy: CALM COOL THINKING PROCESSIN MY THOUGHTS
Gary: yes. your locked up!
Greg: no
Charlie: Yes, I was in a holding cell before they transfered me back to the jail. Once I was taken back to the jail I was told to pack my stuff and was released.
Melissa: Yes, I did spend time in a holding cell. About half an hour before shift change, inmates are placed in a holding cell and given a meal. Shift change is at 6AM and 6PM. I entered a holding cell immediately and was in there for about one hour. There were two other women in there who did not speak to me sitting on the bench. They had received their dinner and had already finished eating. They were sleeping in the holding cell. I just sat their silently and closed my eyes. Once shift change is over at 6:00AM/PM it's not too long after that when inmates are released from their holding cell. Inmates then sit in rows of chairs. Inmates have to walk down three steps and this area is called, "the pit." All the females sit on one side and all the males sit on the other side. Men and women are not allowed to talk to each other. Inmates have to raise their hand and have permission to leave their chair to use the restroom, make a phone call, or if they have any other needs.
Harley: yes i spent 10 hour in the holdin cell it was cold alot of people they call your name too dress u out then put in back in the holding cell for about 10 more hours...
Billy: YES SPEN ABOUT 10 HOURS IN A HOLDIN CELL IT WAS COLD AND WET PEOPLE EVERYWHERE LAYIN DOWN ON THE PHONES THEN THEY CALL YOUR NAME TOO MOVE U SOMEWHERE ELSE
Jimmy: yes i spent one hold day it was wet,cold lots and lots of people more peopl comin in i was not feelin too good about that at all not kool

Life On The Inside
The first version of the Cobb County Jail was built in 1846. There have been many variations built and rebuilt since then. The current campus was constructed in 1989 and went through an expansion towards the end of the 90s to allow for housing of up to 2,048 inmates.

The design of the jail was meant to encourage "nominal inmate movement." This means putting the inmates in cells. Over the years, they have been transformed into a more dormitory type of accommodations. There are four pods with each pod having six blocks.

As for leisure time, inmates can look forward to cards, checkers, chess or the occasional television viewing. Most prefer to stay close to their cells and read. A common complaint among many former inmates is the level of constant noise. Apparently there is a lot of shouting that goes on at all hours of the day and night. It doesn't help that the lights are kept on all the time as well. Inmates are allowed outdoor time at least once a week.

Getting by in Cobb County Jail
In terms of the meals, it has been described as "worse than the worst school cafeteria food." Inmates are allowed commissary privileges if they have money on their account and haven't been written up by the guards for a disciplinary action.

Because of the size of the staff compared to the inmate population, medical attention is not always instantly accessible. Even asking for over the counter medications like aspirin requires the inmate to fill out a form. By the time they get the pills their headache could be gone.

Good Behavior Policy
An inmate serving time in Georgia is allowed a day off for a day served. This good time goes into effect after the first five days that a sentence has begun. There are restrictions as to who will be granted this good time. Anyone who is convicted of a sex crime, assault on a police officer or other types of violent offenses won't be eligible.

Visitor and Phone Policy
Visits at the Cobb County Jail are conducted by way of video conferencing. To visit an inmate you will first need to be put on a list by that inmate. You'll then have to call the jail to schedule an appointment. When you register for the first visit you'll have your photo taken and be fingerprinted. There are only 2 visitors per inmate per session.

As for the phones, inmates can make collect calls from the prison between nine in the morning and ten at night provided there is no disciplinary action against them. There are no incoming calls for inmates.


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