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Getting along with other inmates
Time off for good behavior
Food and Commissary
Berkeley County Jail
300 California Avenue # A
Garrett: I was sentenced to 60 days in jail.
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?
Garrett: Yes, 4 or 5 days. It was terrible. They didn't give me a mattress or a blanket. Luckily I had the jacket I came in with. The holding cell was very overcrowded.
Going to jail sucks but if you know somebody going to the Berkeley County Jail in South Carolina you probably have a lot of questions and we have answers. Our information comes from people who really know - ex-inmates.
Meals in Berkeley County Jail
There are very few jails across the US where the inmates rate the food highly and BCJ is no exception. A recent inmate said the food was "horrible" and "not enough for a man." He also said that the best meal was a hamburger and chips.
If you know somebody in jail, though, you can put some money on their books so they can buy commissary. This allows them to buy additional food (chips, candy, Ramen, etc.) to supplement what is provided.
Become a trustee, get out early
One of the best things an inmate can do to ensure an early release is become a trustee. For every day served as a trustee in Berkeley County the inmate will get credit for two days served. This means that one year sentence would only require six months behind bars.
Becoming a trustee isn't really that difficult - you just have to obey the rules and be a model inmate. If you are a trustee then you really have to be careful because even a small incident could result in you losing trustee status (and your additional time off). A recent inmate said that when pumping gas for the warden the warden thought he was moving too slow - he was thrown in the hole and moved out of the trustee pod.
Layout and blocks
In addition to the trustee pod the jail also has the A, B and C pods. The A pod is for murderers and rapists. These types of inmates are usually waiting for trial and they will be transported to prison after being sentenced.
The B pod is for violent offenders. The jail tries to keep these types of inmates separated from non-violent inmates so they don't pose a physical risk. For obvious reasons A and B pods are the most dangerous places to live for an inmate in the Berkeley County Jail.
The C pod is for non-violent inmates who are usually doing time on tickets, misdemeanors, unpaid child support, etc. A recent inmate reports that "C pod was pretty chill because they are not in for very long and they just relax and do their time."
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