Full interview (by category)
Getting along with other inmates
Time off for good behavior
Food and Commissary
Genesee County Jail
1002 South Saginaw Street
Jorge: 1 year in the Genessee County Jail.
Jeannette: i was sentnced to 10 daye
Larry: I served 8 months in jail a year on teacher and five years probation.
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?
Jorge: Yes. I was in the drunk tank for about a week. It was terrible, probably the worst part about being in jail. It was too warm, overcrowded, everything was concrete and steel and uncomfortable. After a week in the drunk tank I went to intake for 2 weeks to be classified. After that I went to the 5th floor.
Jeannette: I was put in a holding cell by myself for about 3 hours. it was boring i could hear the gaurds talking and other prisoners in the next holding cell over but i was alone
Larry: Yes after sentencing they return you to the holding cell that you were originally waiting in to go to court and then you have to wait untill they have a large enough group of guys to take back all at once
If you or somebody you know is heading to the Genesee County Jail you probably want to know what to expect. The links on the left lead to interviews from ex-inmates of the Genesee County Jail who share information about what life inside the jail is really like.
Intake and Classification
When you arrive at the Genesee County Jail, you can expect to stay in a holding cell for up to a week. Ex-inmates describe this area as warm, overcrowded, and very uncomfortable due to everything being made of concrete and steel. The good news is that things generally get better from here, so you may just have the worst part of your jail time done up front.
After you are released from holding, you will be moved to an intake section of the jail where you will be classified to determine where you will be housed for the remainder of your sentence.
The food in this jail has gotten less than rave reviews. They serve a lot of mashed potatoes that aren't really mashed all the way and seem pretty watery. The meal that is the least favorite among ex-inmates is a dish that looks like the grease from taco meat, with a little rice and meat mixed in. The good news is that on special occasions, local churches will sometimes bring the inmates a treat.
Inmates can have visitors one day per week. The days vary depending on which block you are in. Ex-inmates say that visitation was not difficult for their family and friends to get into. The visitor is required to sign their name and is checked to make sure they don't have any contraband. They ride an elevator up to the visiting area.
Although this jail does have some visitation rooms with glass between the inmate and visitor, these rooms are generally used for storage instead of visitation. Visits are usually held in a large room with chairs that are formed in a large circle, and a smaller circle of chairs on the inside of that circle. Inmates sit on the outside of the circle and their visitors sit across from them on the inside. Many jails don't allow visitors and inmates to have direct physical contact during visits, so this is something unique to the Genesee County Jail that may make your stay a little easier.
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