Full interview (by category)
Getting along with other inmates
Time off for good behavior
Food and Commissary
Grady County Jail
215 N 3rd St
Tony: 20 days in county jail, 65 hours community service, fines and restitution.
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?
Tony: No, Reported for Jail 2 weeks later on Friday at 6pm to be released on Sunday at 6am. On the first friday I reported for jail, they had no idea of what I was talking about, but with my help, we figured out what to do.
Life On The Inside
A jail experience is really a matter of perspective. Information provided by the sheriff's department of a particular jail paints one picture while the actual interviews from the inmates can often create an exact opposite view. Some facts are not in dispute such as the jail layout. At the Grady County Jail there are approximately 8 pods of with 16 two man cells per pod.
At the Grady County Jail, an attempt is made to separate inmates based on their particular offense, but as former inmate interviewed for this site found, sometimes that separation can't come fast enough. In his case, during the initial orientation he was caught between two warring factions of inmates. Not a situation anyone wants to be in.
Becoming a Trustee
If your offense is minor and you present yourself as a potential model prisoner you can apply to become a trustee of the Grady County Jail. Trustees are provided with a bit more freedom in terms of the ability to be out of their cells. They are also given the better jobs in the prison.
Ironically, the former inmate found that the food preparation was pretty decent, but it was the delivery of that food which was lacking. He should know: he was on the cooking crew. Unfortunately, the buffet style of service could mean that food ends up sitting out for hours and gets cold and rather unappetizing.
Equally unfortunate for the inmates is the state of leisure time activities. There is a television in each pod but that appears to be the extent of things to do to pass the time. There is no chance to go outside or even to church services.
Good Behavior Policy
The policy for good behavior in Oklahoma provides for a maximum of 60 days off for each year sentenced. In order to be rewarded that good time, an inmate can't be written up for any infractions. This is where the issue of minding your own business comes into play. Trouble is easy to find in a jail and just as easy to avoid.
Visitor and Phone Policy
Inmates are granted visitation privileges at least once a week. Visitors communicate with inmates through a glass partition walls and via a telephone. As for phone privileges, there are phones in each pod but the charges are high: $5.00 for the connection chargers and every call is recorded.
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