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Spokane County Jail

1100 W Mallon Ave
Spokane, WA 99260
Phone (509) 477-2278

Interview with Cesar, Tom, Bruce and Jon

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Cesar: I was given 60 days with 1 year probation.
Tom: I WAS FOUND GUILTY OF MISSING MY COURT DATE AS A MATERIAL WITNESS I WHICH I WAS ASSAULTED 10/18/2005 WHEN I TRIED TO HELP A GIRL WHO LOST HER BALANCE WHILE DANCING ON TOP OF AN SUV. I RECEIVED 26 WEEKS FOR THAT CHARGE AND DID NOT GO TO GEIGOR DURING THAT TIME.
Bruce: they wanted to give me 9 months in county jail,but i had them make it a year and a day before i would sign the plea agreement. so i received an exceptional sentence of one year and one day
Jon: I got sentenced on my robbery 2 charge for 3 months and 60 days for my theft 2.

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?
Cesar: Yes I did. I must say for a jail, it was what it was. Did I have any concerns? Not really. It was jail. I was placed in a two man cell. I mean what do you ask for in jail? If I had to make some adjustments. The pads that you sleep on are very thin and well worn, might of well slept on the concrete bare. Again what do we expect, its jail.
Tom: I SPENT A SMALL TIME IN A HOLDING CELL WHILE WAITING TO GO BACK TO 3WEST, IF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN IN A SUBMARINE ITS VERY MUCH LIKE THAT.
Bruce: there is a couple of holding cells. right by the video court rooms there is 4 small cells and down the hall and around the corner there is a larger one. the larger one is where you go when they bring a group from the jail who have court that day, usually 10 to 25 or 30 inmates are put in this cell then a few at a time are taken to court, when you are done they bring you back and you wait till everyone is done then everyone goes back together at one time. so i was only in the holding cell for an hour or so then back to my cell on the fifth floor
Jon: The room was a room with metal benches, some toilets and they always seemed to have more than max capacity of people in the rooms. They also placed rival gang members in the same room so there was tension between certain people.

If you are planning to spend some time in Spokane County Jail, you might be wondering what to expect. Going to jail can be intimidating, especially if this is your first time. While it won't make your experience worry free, having the right information can help you feel more prepared for whatever comes.

To help you gain this information, we have interviewed former inmates of Spokane County, and these interviews are available for you to read by clicking the links to your left. Take a few minutes to read their stories so you can get an idea of what life is really like in Spokane County Jail.

Good Time
Due to problems with overcrowding, many jails allow inmates to be released early based on good behavior. Spokane County gives inmates this time off their sentence if they stay out of trouble and stick to the rules during their incarceration.

To be eligible to get out early, you need to avoid fights, and stick to all the rules. Former inmates have reported being able to get out fifty percent early, so it is really worth it to be on your best behavior to get this time off.

Passing the Time
One of the most challenging parts of serving time is boredom, and figuring out what to do while you are locked up. Spokane County provides facilities to help the inmates pass their time. These include TV, basketball, chess and other games and books. The jail also has regular church services, which former inmates have described as being very positive and helpful.


Food
Spokane County serves inmates three meals per day. The food is not rated very highly, and the portions are reportedly small. Breakfast and lunch are the same everyday, with dinner varying from day to day. Inmates can order extra snacks off commissary if they have money available in their jail account.

If you have the option, it is recommended that you arrange to have money in your account so you will have more options as far as food goes.


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