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Mobile County Metro Jail

450 Saint Emanuel St
Mobile, AL 36603
(251) 574-2355

Interview with Todd and Antwon

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Todd: 12 months in prison
Antwon: 3 years Probation unless restitution was paid then the probation will be dropped.

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?
Todd: yes it was very aggrivating because they would not feed us until we got back to the jail meaning sometimes you went from 5:30 in the morning until sometimes 2 or 3oclock in the afternoon without being fed
Antwon: yes.I was the last one left in the court house because the judge did not show up for court that morning so everybodys family that took off work to see the outcome of their loved ones fate had to come back later that afternoon if they could.They made all of the inmates sit in the basement of the courthouse from 6am til 5pm once every case was handled.Most cases got rescheduled. The basement was cold and they crammed hundreds of people in a small confined space with one toilet out in the open for everybody to expose themselves to everyone.Thye only fed you one bag lunch the whole time and all the food was stale with nothing to drink.

Life On the Inside
At the Mobile County Metro Jail playing cards is probably the most popular pastime for the inmates. It's also probably the biggest source of strife among those very same inmates. Although most of the card games can go off without a hitch, there can be instances of "talking smack" that can fester a grudge which can later show up as the inciting incident for a fight.

Other ways for inmates to occupy their time with less potential for conflict would be reading a book or working out on their own. There are no weights or basketball or any type of exercise equipment so it means pushups and sit ups. Inmates are allowed outside into the enclosed yard for one hour a day but there is really nothing much to do out there.

When a former inmate was asked about competition for TV viewing he stated that since you couldn't even hear the TV there was no fights over what to watch.

The meals served at the jail are probably going to be remembered for their lack of variety and flavor. Most inmates turn to the commissary account to supplement those meals. At least if you're eating canned tuna for every meal you know where it is coming from. Church services and bible study are offered to those inmates who want to work on their spiritual journey or are looking for a good way to get through the day with a little inspiration.

Good Behavior Policy
An inmate who is considered to be a model prisoner can be given one day off of their sentence for every two days they serve. Those reductions are only given to inmates who stay out of trouble and do what they are told. There are some inmates who actually don't care about getting time off. Those are actually the people you should avoid at all costs!

Visit and Telephone Policy
Inmates are granted two visits a week for fifteen minutes per visit session. Often the check in procedure for visitors will last longer than the actual visit. This is because every visitor has to show their valid photo ID, have their belongings searched and even have a quick background check performed. Any visitor who refuses to submit to those steps will be refused entry into the jail.

There are phones in every pod for the inmates to use during the day until lights out. The connection cost per call is $2. In order to make a call, inmates and/or their families need to set up a special account with the local phone company who handles the billing.

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