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Tarrant County Jail

100 N Lamar St
Fort Worth, TX 76102, ph (817) 884-3116‎

Interview with DC, Keith, Joe, Heidi, Dillon, Kami, Linda, Gregg, Matthew, Damon, David, Shelley, Justin, Steve, Jack, Rachel, Conrad, John and Ted

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
DC: 10 months. I served only 5 months because I was a trustee.
Keith: One month here, two months there then another month. I'm still fighting them while on BOND PROBATION. $60 a month, $11 for UA's. They make around $250,000 a month off of people on bond. Most of us are their own TAXPAYERS.
Joe: 10 years.
Heidi: 6 months
Dillon: Was never sentanced.
Kami: days
Linda: 3 years probation with 8500 restitution take a theft awareness and prevention class and get evaluated for Counseling
Gregg: my sentencing was for one year
Matthew: my sentencing was for 5 days
Damon: I was sentenced to 12 months of jail time
David: I was sentenced for 45 days
Shelley: 15 months probation, DWI education, victims impact panel.
Justin: I was not sentenced because charges were dismissed.
Steve: My sentence was 90 days.
Jack: The court and D.A. gave me 60 days.
Rachel: Originally took 3 years deferred probation. Got revoked and served 8 months state jail
Conrad: One month flat without good time
John: After my plea deal, I was sentenced to 15 days in jail and 2 years of community supervision over 365 days in jail for violating. After I violated, the judge showed a little mercy and sentenced me to 200 days in county jail.
Ted: I was never. sentenced for charges

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?
DC: Imagine being in a closet with the lights on. It was that small. I was in there alone, so it wasn't too bad, though.
Keith: They have holding cells all through their system. They are clean because they don't want attention from the Texas Comission on Jail Standards. All the jails are freezing cold. While TAXPAYERS are sweating their butts off at home they're paying taxes to keep the jails around 60*F.
Joe: i once spent a calendar year in jail,you just have to get your mind set to do it,you got no other choice.
Heidi: yes, very cramped and emotionally draining
Dillon: No went right back up to pod.
Kami: yes it was cold and boring
Linda: I was in a holding cell the whole time. Before and after. Its cramped small you cant hear your attorny talk because there are alot of people talkin wth their attorneys people flushing the toilet and Inmates geting called.
Gregg: yes i spent a lot of time in the holding cell until the jail was ready to put me into general population with all the other inmates, a very long wait
Matthew: yes I did. Nothing happened, I was the only one in there and I waited until I got my phone call. After I got my phone call I called my wife.
Damon: Yes I did spend time in a holding cell. There's a holding cell that they put in about 20 people in. There was too many people in one room. The reason why did not like it was is we had to sit on the floor and everybody was touching each other because there was no room to move around.
David: I spent 5 hours in a holding cell after I was sentenced. I remember it being extremely cold and packed with several other men who were worried about what was going to happen
Justin: I was not sentenced for the reasons stated above. However, those offenders who were sentenced were placed back into the courtroom's holdover cell and within 10-15 minutes were escorted back to their assigned housing units with all other offenders who had not been sentenced or found guilty at all.
Steve: I spent a few more hours in a holding cell after my sentencing. Once I finally made it back to my single man cell, I was asked to "roll 'em up". After about 12 hours in a holding cell I was transported to Green Bay from Belknap.
Jack: You're in and out of holding cells for hours. There nothing but walls and uncomfortable wood or steel benches to sit on. It's so loud in the holding cells because everyone is talking at the same time.
Rachel: It was nasty and small. We were all shoved into a hold over the size of a closet with one bench 8 or 9 women and a toilet. The cell had a a window that was right . across from the male holdover and the men would maturbate in front of us and say vulgar things to us
Conrad: Yes. I was very angry and really wanted to hurt someone but I held my composure because that's all jails about man just be yourself and you will he okay
John: Yeah, after my probation was revoked I spent several hours in a crowded, uncomfortable holding cell. It was pretty miserable, just because you never know how long you are going to be there.
Ted: I was never sentenced and I had been bonded out of houston before my first court appearance. I never had to go to a hold over right out of court. Only when i was first transferred from tarrant county

Life at the Tarrant County Jail: What can I expect?

Servicing the cities of Forth Worth, Arlington, and a populace of over 1,500,000 people, the Tarrant County Jail has taken care of thousands of Texas inmates throughout the years. We have taken advantage of that fact by contacting former inmates - individuals who have experienced life in prison and finding out first-hand what one can expect.

If you or someone you care for is going to spend some time in the Tarrant County Jail, we hope the information you find here will be both informative and comforting, helping quell any fears and provide answers to the inevitable questions that accompany such an experience.

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