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Hinds County Jail
1447 County Farm Road
Nathan: I was sentenced to 8 years served and 5 years probation. I ended up serving about 7 years in the Mississipi State Penitentiary plus 5 years probation, 4 years probation with the feds.
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?
Nathan: Yes. It was pretty bad. I had never been in any kind of trouble. This was my first time in jail and I was only 21 years old. It wasn't real fun. I had no idea how the jail system worked. I though the drunk tank was how my whole time in jail was going to be. We had to sleep on concrete, were lucky if you got a blanket, it was very cold, and we ate sandwiches 3 times a day.
If you or somebody you know is heading to the Hinds County Jail you probably want to know what to expect. The links on the left lead to interviews from ex-inmates of the Hinds County Jail who share information about what life inside the jail is really like.
There are two different sites for Hinds County Jail. One is located in Raymond, Missouri and the other is in downtown Jackson. In the Raymond location, most of the inmates are pretrial and so are not serving sentences.
There are also very few misdemeanor offenders housed here. If a misdemeanor offender is booked into this jail, they will most likely be held in the "drunk tank" (holding cell) for a short time until they can see the judge, at which time they are usually released.
If you spend time in this jail, you will spend most of it locked in your cell. There is a TV for each pod that some of the inmates can see from their cells, but because the pods are in a U shape not all inmates can see the TV while they are locked down. Each inmate generally gets out of their cell only one hour per day.
During this time approximately 30 other inmates in the same area are also let out. This is the only time of day when you can take a shower or use the phone. Approximately twice a week, the inmates are able to go out into the rec yard, which consists of concrete walls on all sides and a chain link fence on the top that allows you to see out to the sky.
Ex-inmates of Hinds County report that breakfast is the best meal of the day served in this jail. The evening meal is typically some type of sandwich. Inmates can buy food off commissary, such as Ramen Noodles for 75 cents per pack. Inmates have expressed that having money to buy food off commissary was very important to them because they didn't like the food that was served.
If you need any medication in this jail, including ibuprofen, you need to request a doctor visit. If you do see a doctor you can get medications prescribed to you that will then be dispensed by a nurse that comes around regularly with a med cart. The strongest painkiller inmates have access to in this jail is ibuprofen, even if you have a tooth pulled.
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