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Getting along with other inmates
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Food and Commissary
Scott County Jail
214 Litton Covered Bridge Rd
Anne: My sentencing was fairly decent. I was charged with 11/29 days in jail and 3 years probation, along with 120 hours of community service. I thought it was fairly a good deal from hearing what everyone else was getting sentenced.
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?
Anne: Yes, I spent about another 2 hours for everyone to have their hearing before we were transported back to the jail. It was Horrible. NO running water, overcrowded room, with nothing to eat or drink. It was seriously gross and disgusting floor and walls. I didn't want to move, so I sat there and closed my eyes and just waited.
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Inmates in the Scott County Jail
If you are convicted of a misdemeanor in Scott County you will probably be heading to the county jail rather than a state prison. If you are convicted of a felony you might end up at the county jail or possibly a state prison facility. You typically won't do more than a year in county jail (and even that is a long sentence in county), but you an spend years (even decades or life) in a state prison depending on your charges.
Getting along with inmates in a county setting is usually much easier than prison. Keep to yourself and learn to show respect to everybody regardless of who they are. Seemingly innocent comments can lead to fights in jail so be very careful that you don't say anything that could be construed as hostile.
Food in jail
Food in jail is never luxurious and Scott County is no exception. The best nutrition plan is to get somebody on the outside to put some money on your books so you can buy commissary. You can supplement (or even replace) your meals with food from commissary to ensure you at least aren't going hungry. Commissary has things like Ramen, cookies, candy and crackers. It's still not a great diet but better than starving every night.
Using the phones
There are a couple of ways to make calls out from Scott County Jail - you can call people collect but this is very expensive. A better plan is to have somebody on the outside buy you a prepaid calling card and give you the details over the phone. You can then make calls with the calling card (be sure to keep your PIN safe so other inmates don't call on it and use your minutes up).
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