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Umatilla County Jail

4700 NW Pioneer Pl
Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone: (541) 966-3632

Interview with Remy

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Remy: 1 year probation but I spent over 30 days for breaking a restraining order was broke because my girlfriend was pulled over and I was in the car.

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?
Remy: Yes, it was crowded sometimes 10 guys in there.

If you are planning to serve some time in Umatilla County Jail, you may be wondering what to expect while you are there. Going to jail can be scary, especially if this is your first time.

With the right information, however, you can feel better prepared for the experience. We have interviewed former inmates of the Umatilla County Jail and compiled the following information based on those interviews. The links to the left will lead you to the actual interviews, where you can learn what life is really like in Umatilla County Jail.

Food
Umatilla County provides three meals to the inmates each day. Unfortunately, the food is rated very poorly. Not only is the food itself not very good, but the portions are also not enough to satisfy hunger.

The jail does allow inmates to buy items off commissary. This is recommended by former inmates to help supplement or replace the food the jail serves. If you have the resources to do so, having money on your books will make serving your time a little bit easier.

Passing the Time
One of the most challenging parts of being in jail is finding ways to prevent boredom. Umatilla County provides TV's to the inmates to help with this. Don't expect to have a lot of control over what you will watch, though, because you will be sharing a TV with a large group of inmates.

The jail also allows inmates to go outside in the rec yard nearly every day. On weekends you may not go outside as much because the jail tends to be more short staffed on those days. The jail also provides phones for inmates to call people on the outside, but there are often long lines to use them. Church services are offered regularly and can help you get support and perspective on your situation.


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