Full interview (by category)
Getting along with other inmates
Time off for good behavior
Food and Commissary
Hays County Jail
1307 Uhland Road
Luke: 6 years tdcj
Cameron: 5 years probation with 90 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?
Luke: no just a room behind the judge at the court house
Cameron: No cause I was still out on bail.
Life On The Inside
The Hays County Jail is located in San Marcos which is north east of San Antonio and south west of Austin. As jails go, this is not a huge facility. There are 332 general population beds which break down to: 276 for men, 56 for females, 6 for TB screening, and 6 for work release inmates. There are also 14 isolation cells and 4 cells for the infirmary.
An inmate serving time at Hays County Jail would welcome mail and they can receive as much mail as is sent to them as long as it doesn't violate any prison regulations. There is also a system set up to allow inmates to receive emails from family members. If you want to send clothes to an inmate, they can only be for court appearances for a jury trial. These outfits are kept in a locker for the inmate to change into when they are summoned to court.
Meals in Hays County Jail
As for the quality of the meals inmates receive three times a day that might depend on who you ask. One inmate interviewed for this site called it "gross" while another claimed it was "decent." Either way, inmates have access to the commissary which lets them buy snacks at least once a week. But don't send them money. To pay for the commissary you need to deposit money onto their accounts.
Good Behavior Policy
To determine an inmate's potential for receiving good behavior time off, it depends on their level of offense and whether or not they have engaged in "diligent participation." This means an inmate needs to complete any work assignment or vocational training class. The most good-conduct time an inmate can receive would be 15 days off each 30 days served.
Visitor and Telephone Policy
Inmates in Hay's County are given access to the phones during the day. A fifteen minute collect call can cost as much as $10. For visitation, inmates can list up to five adults on their visitation card. Each visitor has to present a valid photo ID upon entering the facility. Visits are scheduled once a week per inmate depending on the beginning letter of their last name.
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