Full interview (by category)
Getting along with other inmates
Time off for good behavior
Food and Commissary
Clark County Jail
330 South Casino Center Boulevard
Tim: See previous answer.
Adrian: two or three days here and there
Maria: I'm not sure I understand this question. The actual process in front of the judge took only minutes but I was in the courtroom for about an hour while the judge handled the cases before me. I was ultimately given three months to comply with the plea agreement I accepted.
Ashley: I DID 9 MONTHS ALL TOGETHER
Lindsay: I was sentenced to the Clark County Detention Center for 30 days flat, with probation not to exceed three years.
Victor: 66 Days for not paying fines. When I was first arrested I spent 4 days in Jail before being released due to "no complaint on file."
Deborah: My sentencing was 64 days.
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?
Tim: Upon arrest in Henderson, spent a few hours in holding cell. Then jailed in solitary confinement with no phone access for two days. Hearing for traffic ticket on third day. Then transported to holding cell in CCDC for evening. Next day Court. Then back to holding cell. Next day transported back to Henderson for $100 check. Back to holding cell (CCDC). On 6th day after arrest jailed at CCDC. Next day transported to North Las Vegas for second $100 check. Traumatic.
Maria: I spent almost two days in holding before being moved upstairs to inmate housing. Holding is OK because you can talk as much as you want to the other prisoners but incredibly uncomfortable because it's just wood benches against concrete walls. Super uncomfortable, no shower, no ability to even wash your hands effectively.
Ashley: YES I DID AND IT WAS NASTY AND COLD.THEY PUT WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THERE TOGETHER AND IT IS SO COLD IN THERE YOU CUDDLE WITH GIRLS YOU DONT EVEN KNOW.THEY IGNORE YOU A LOT IN THERE AND THEY DONT HELP WITH ANYTHING
Lindsay: Yes. I was in a holding cell for who knows how long. Hours? Days? None of us (the rest of the other girls and I) had any concept of time, except when a guard would check up on us every hour or so and document the time and status. We all just talked, some of us cried, others tried to get sleep. There was a television on. The channel showed Home Improvement, one of my favorite childhood shows now ruined. It was cold, it was awful, and I just wanted to wake up from the nightmare.
Victor: Yes, I was in a room with 25 other men(actual count), the room had no beds, just benches made of concrete, concrete floor, freezing air, no blankets, no pillows, florescent lights on 24 hours a day. I spent 6 days in there. I was given 3 meals a day in holding(sack lunch style that resembled cat food for meat, stale bread, moldy fruit, expired milk) I lost 35 lbs during my 66 days.
Deborah: I spent time in the holding cell that morning they picked me up and booked me. About 2 hours. It was packed full of all kinda different women. Prostitutes, drug addicts, Mothers and drunks. There's one toilet a sink. Lots of the women were spread out laying on the cement benches and some women were laying and sitting on the floor. Eventually they took some of us up to different modules to sleep in a soft mattress. So I already had a bed number when I went to court later that morning.
Life On The Inside
As the saying goes, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." And for those who have been arrested, booked and convicted they might also be staying in Vegas as the guest of the Clark County Detention Center. At CCDC the guards who work the floors are armed with pepper spray and not guns. There are cameras that monitor activity in every room except for the showers and single-person cells.
Although it is against the law to separate inmates by race, the reality is that separating inmates by gang affiliation is not only smart but it reduces the incidents of fighting. An inmate can also be placed in protective custody if they feel they might be subjected to severe harassment.
If an inmate has been convicted of a misdemeanor or non-violent crime they will be place in a dormitory type of environment. This is an open area with bunk beds that house up to 74 inmates per pod. Other inmates are housed in single or two person cells.
There is a commissary available for inmates who are not in trouble with the staff. Buying snacks and other food could be welcomed considering the meals at Clark County were rated by a former inmate as "the worst."
Good Behavior Policy
Ever since the bygone era of prison chain gangs, it's not uncommon to find some variation of a prison work release program. Although these programs don't typically involve shackles, they do provide an opportunity for the inmate to earn credit towards their sentence.
At Clark County Jail inmates are provided with the opportunity to work on statewide firefighting crews. These are for the wild brushfires which the area is prone to. There are also other work programs that if completed to satisfactory levels can earn an inmate 10 days off for every month served.
Visitor and Phone Policy
Inmates are allowed phone privileges but there is a certain amount of set up that needs to be established first. CenturyLink is the phone service which handles all Clark County Jail calls. An inmate can set up an account with CenturyLink and used those funds to make collect calls to landline or cell phones. An inmate won't be able to make a call without this account being set up.
If you want to visit an inmate you'll fist have to register with the Clark County Jail. This can be done over their website. This is also where you'll be able to schedule an appointment for a visit. The visits occur over close-captioned video. In other words, you won't be in the same room as the inmate you're visiting, but instead will have your conversation transmitted via video camera. This makes your visit much less personal.
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