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Summit County Jail

205 E Crosier St
Akron, OH 44311-2351
(330) 643-2171

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If you are planning to spend some time in the Summit County Jail, you may be wondering what to expect when you get there. The following information is based on interviews of former inmates of Summit County Jail.

The links to the left of this article lead directly to the interviews themselves, and can help you learn what life inside Summit County is really like.

Holding
When you arrive at the jail, you can expect to be put in a holding cell for several hours. Former inmates report that this is the worse part of the jail. The holding cells sometimes smell like urine. They are also very crowded, sometimes not even allowing space for everyone to sit down.

If you are in holding overnight, you will receive a mat to sleep on. Because there are so many inmates in holding, these mats often cover the entire floor, so be careful not to step on anyone if you have to get up to use the toilet. Inmates have expressed feeling like the guards take their time getting inmates out of holding.

The good news is the rest of the jail will probably seem much nicer after being in such a cramped, uncomfortable environment.

Visits
Inmates are allowed visitors once a week. The inmate has to fill out a form (AKA kite) and submit it three days in advance, requesting approval for someone to visit. If you don't get people approved you won't have anybody visiting you. Visits are held in a small cubicle, with glass separating the inmate from the visitor.

Food
The food in this jail is described as being very bad. Portions are small and the food itself is not very appealing. If you can have someone put money on your books, you can buy snacks off commissary to help you get through your stay.


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