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Getting along with other inmates
Time off for good behavior
Food and Commissary
Delaware County Jail
100 West Washington Street
Regina: No time served (part of plea deal), 18 months probation. I was released an hour after court from jail.
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?
Regina: Yes. When I first got there the rumor was you have to be in the holding cell for at least 17 hours, and that is how long I spent. It was like hell. It was a cold room with a window that was covered. It was traumatic. I couldn't stop crying. This was my first time in jail.
If you or somebody you know is heading to the Delaware County Jail you probably want to know what to expect. The links on the left lead to interviews from ex-inmates of the Delaware County Jail who share information about what life inside the jail is really like.
While you are incarcerated at the Delaware County Jail, you can pass your time with the following different activities. If you are not a high school graduate, you can work on your GED. Family members can bring in magazines and request that they be given to you, so there are quite a few magazines available to look at you.
Church services are offered twice a week. You can try to become a "Porter," which means that you work in the jail serving meals or doing laundry. Inmates in this jail don't generally go outside while they are incarcerated. One African American inmate said that her skin got several shades lighter while she was incarcerated because she never saw the sun while serving her time.
Delaware County Jail has 14 blocks. They are identified as letters A, B, C, and D all the way through M. Two of the blocks house women, blocks A and M. Block A houses the rowdier and higher security female offenders, while the M section houses the women with less serious crimes.
Ex- inmates of this jail describe the food as being about a 4 on a scale of 1-10. Surprisingly, this jail has "donut day" on Fridays and Wednesdays. The inmates are served 2 donuts that are described as tasting like they came from Krispy Kreme. They also have nacho day each week.
Inmates in the Delaware County Jail have regular access to phones. Inmates can only call collect to those who have set up a service on their phone. The service is prepaid and allows the phone to accept the calls from the jail. If you are going to this jail, check into what needs to be done to get this service set up so you will be able to call those you need to while serving your time.
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