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Genesee County Jail

1002 South Saginaw Street
Flint, MI 48502-1499
(810) 257-3426

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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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