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Essex County Jail
50 W Market St # 2
We have interviewed former inmates of Essex County, who have shared their inside knowledge about how things work in this jail. Take a few minutes to read their stories and learn what life is really like in the Essex County Jail.
Essex County provides inmates with three meals per day. The food is rated as mediocre. One inmate said "the food was OK, but I wouldn't eat it if I weren't locked up and had a choice." One of the foods that the inmates enjoy most is the chili, while the spaghetti is one of the least favorites.
The jail does have a commissary store from which inmates can purchase snacks. The commissary charges much higher prices than stores on the outside for similar items.
Phone Calls and Visitors
For most inmates, keeping in touch with friends and family on the outside is a high priority. Essex County allows inmates to have visits twice a week for thirty minutes per visit. Visitors are typically required to wait in a long line, and can expect to be searched before being admitted to the visit. The visiting room is one big room with several small tables where each inmate can sit with their visitor.
Essex County allows inmates two free phone calls per week. Free phone calls for inmates are rare in jail, so this is a definite perk while staying in Essex County. Additional phone calls cost fifty cents each, which is very inexpensive compared to phone calls out of other jails.
Getting in to see a doctor can take some time in Essex County, but inmates report that once they saw the doctor, they were able to receive needed medications regularly. The meds are distributed at a window where inmates line up and medication use is recorded.
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