Full interview (by category)
Getting along with other inmates
Time off for good behavior
Food and Commissary
Ocean County Jail
120 Hooper Avenue
Todd: 12 months.
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?
Todd: When I was arrested they put me right into a cell over at the jail and then I got moved to the county. It was pretty grimy. Plenty of messed up dudes in there.
Life On the Inside
Jail layouts across the country are as varied as the inmates that house them. At the Ocean County Jail, there are approximately 12 housing pods. Each of these pods has two man cells and an open dorm room which is used as a common area by the inmates. Here there are tables to play cards at and a TV to watch. Typically, the violent offenders will have their own housing unit but that is not always the case. There are no weights for working out or other types of sporting equipment. To keep in shape, prisoners can walk the common room.
Inmates are provided with three meals a day. It's up to them whether or not they want to eat those meals. If the food proves to be too undesirable, they can order up snacks and items like canned tuna or chicken from the commissary. These items can only be bought if there is money already deposited onto an inmate's account. There is no such thing as credit here.
There are also weekly church services offered to the inmates that try to accommodate many denominations as possible. Any inmate who is on prescription medication will be able to continue that medication with daily pill calls supervised by the jail's medical staff.
Good Behavior Policy
The good behavior time at Ocean County Jail is awarded as one day off for every two days served. This is available to inmates who have been charged with a non-violent offense and who can avoid being written up for infractions while doing their time. In some cases, it's best not to start counting off the days until you are actually released!
Visit and Telephone Policy
Visits are regulated to fifteen minute sessions, two times a week. Depending on how many other visitors are showing up on any given day, the check-in time could be anywhere between half an hour to several hours. The visiting environment is the classic jail house set up with the inmates and visitors separated by a glass partition and communicating with a phone.
There are regular phones placed in each housing pod that an inmate can use to make collect calls during the day. This is another area where the inmate needs to have a prepaid account set up like the commissary account in order to make the calls.
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