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Denton County Jail

127 N Woodrow Ln # 300
Denton, TX 76205
(940) 349-1700

Interview with Cyle, Caesar, Liz, Samuel, Nick and Teresa

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Cyle: I was told I had to stay in jail for 3 days in order to sit off my warrants.
Caesar: 61 days
Liz: 50 days, (orig 250)
Samuel: 90 days
Nick: my sentencing was for one year
Teresa: i served six months in this 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?
Cyle: Yes, it was very very cold.
Caesar: Yes, I turned myself in at about 9:00 in the morning. Waited to get processed till about 9 at night. During that time, stayed in 2 cells. That is about the norm, according to other inmates. Just takes too long.
Liz: yes, there will always be one after another holding cells at denton county.
Samuel: 24-48 hours in holding judge comes between 7am-10am after u see him u will likely be mOved to general population sometime that night
Nick: i was put in a holding cell until they put me in general population. The holding cell was very small, i had to wait for a blanket and what they call a pad bed, and there was a toilet with a water fountain at the top of it
Teresa: Yes I spent time in the holding cell after sentencing. I spent several hours in the holding cell until i was taken to general population which is a huge cell full of people.

Life On The Inside
Situated just north of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Denton County Jail is spread out over several acres of land and can hold up to 1,000 inmates at a time. The inmates will find themselves staying in pods of two person cells.

If an inmate is awarded trustee status they are moved into an open barracks type of environment. Trustees are reserved for inmates who are sentenced to non-violent offenses and prove themselves to be model prisoners.

Passing The Time In Denton County Jail
Around the Denton County Jail, there are TVs in each pod along with a recreational yard which is made available to the inmates during the day. There they can play handball or walk around the enclosed yard. According to former inmates, there doesn't seem to be a high level of trouble among the inmate population.

Everyone seems focused on doing their time and getting out. Of course, you will have to adjust your schedule to the jail's schedule. For instance, breakfast is served at 4 AM, lunch is at 10:30 and dinner is at 4 PM. Inmates are allowed to buy items like soup, chips and soda from the canteen once a week. For those interested, church services are held twice a week in the common meeting room.

Good Behavior Policy
The amount of good behavior time an inmate can receive depends on their status within Denton County. As a trustee, an inmate can receive 2 days off for every 1 day served. If an inmate is selected for road crew work they can be awarded 3 days off for every 1 day served. An inmate who completes their assignments and doesn't cause any strife for the guards can skate through their time and get out early.

Visitor and Phone Policy
A visit at Denton County Jail lasts only 20 minutes. However, you are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of your scheduled visitation time in order to be checked in. Two adults are allowed to visit an inmate at one time. The visits are conducted through glass partitions and over two-way phones. There are no contact visits. Every visitor must have a valid photo I.D. card.

Inmates can make collect calls throughout the day when the phones are turned on. They can purchase prepaid calling cards from the commissary for $9 for 45 minutes of calling time.


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