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Getting along with other inmates
Time off for good behavior
Food and Commissary
Guilford County Jail
400 West Washington Street
Kaylie: I was sentence to the fifteen days.
Reggie: I was found not guilty. But I had to wait 3 1/2 years to go to trial
Alfredo: My sentencing was only for 90 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?
Kaylie: No. I was always at the county jail. They didn't take me anyplace else.
Reggie: when I was fingerprinted I was put in a single cell. After about two weeks I was put in protective coustdy
Alfredo: After my sentencing in 2011 I was placed in holding for an out of state warrant. It was real dirty and smelled because the toilet was backed up for about a month. It really didn't bother me because I was leaving the facility.
Life On The Inside
In many ways, a prison canteen or commissary becomes the link to the outside world for inmates. When the food proves to be "tasteless," as is the case according to former inmates of Guildford County Jail, than the canteen is where they can buy snacks and other food items to fill up their empty stomachs. Of course, for that to happen, they need money on those accounts which happens to be the number one request from most inmates. It's right up there with a visit or two.
There was a time when cigarettes were like cash in many jails but since smoking has been banned other items hold value like books. You can send a book to an inmate directly from the publisher or from Amazon. Reading is a common way to past the time. At Guilford County, the inmates are allowed to watch television but the choice of channels are limited. There is no such thing as "outdoor time" for these inmates.
An effort is made to separate the violent offenders from the non-violent offenders. However, that doesn't mean you won't be able to hear that other group get into trouble from their neighboring dorm.
Good Behavior Policy
The North Carolina good behavior policy is "day for a day." This means for every day served you can get one day taken off your sentence. As easy as it might be to stay out of trouble, one slip up can cause all those good time days to be instantly wiped out.
Visitor and Telephone Policy
Telephones are turned on during the day in each dorm for the inmates to use. Although the amount of time an inmate can stay on the phone is limited, these are first come first serve. Inmates can only make outgoing collect calls. The Sheriff's office won't block an outgoing call, but folks on the outside can refuse a call and put a block on their own phones. In that case there isn't much the inmate can do but wait it out. If there is a family emergency, those calls are handled by the Chaplain's office.
Inmates are allowed to have two approved visitors on their visitation list. They can make a change on this list once every 30 days so choose wisely. Inmates are allowed only one visit a week. All visitors must submit to a search if asked by any officer. They must also present a photo ID or they won't be allowed into the jail facility.
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