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Tuscaloosa County Jail

1600 26th Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-4536
(205) 349-4511

Interview with Elise, Jack, Justin and Sean

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Elise: 10 days, the had to wait for Alachua county to come get me
Jack: I ended up getting 60 days.
Justin: 90 days plus 10 weekends
Sean: ive spent a total of 3 months over it, because they constantly come back after you if you miss a payment for court costs, or any of the other many fees your left owing, thats where you really get in trouble...with all the money that you owe the county

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?
Elise: I can't remember. But most likely. Most all jails have you sit it one. And most are okay.
Jack: Yes, I spent some time in the holding cell. It was REALLY, REALLY cold. There were no blankets and they took my shoes. It was a Saturday night so there were two really drunk people in there too. They were really loud and throwing up all on the toilet.
Justin: Yes i was in a holding cell for 6-8 hours packed in like sardines mixed in with people with every crime you can think of. while 6-8 guards sit behind a desk ignoring peoples needs
Sean: yes you go into a room known as the "pink room' first....its absolutelyfilthy and stuffed with people. not to mention theres no air..theres urine and feces on the floors and walls, and people have to sit and sleep in it

If you or someone you know will be serving time in the Tuscaloosa County Jail, you may be wondering what to expect once you are on the inside. Going to jail can be a scary experience, but having the right information can help you feel better prepared to handle day to day life in jail.

We have interviewed former inmates of Tuscaloosa County Jail to get the inside scoop about what life is really like within the jail. The information below is based on information obtained in these interviews. To the left are links that will lead you to the interviews themselves.

Tuscaloosa County provides inmates with three meals per day. Fortunately, the food is rated pretty highly. Some of the favorite meals of former inmates are the homemade biscuits, fried chicken, grilled cheese and fried fish.

The jail does not serve any snacks between meals. If snacks are important to you, you will need to have money on your books to buy them from commissary.

Living with Other Inmates
One of the things that worries a lot of people going to jail is how they will be treated by the other inmates. In Tuscaloosa County, there are sections that have inmates in dorm living situations. This means that instead of sharing a cell with one other person, the inmates all live in a large space together.

This can be both good and bad. The good thing about it is that you don't have to get stuck with a cell mate you can't stand. The bad thing is that you have to learn to manage relationships with many other inmates. The best thing to do when you get there is take time to observe the others to find out who is approachable and who you should stay away from. If you do this, and treat others with respect, you should be able to get along with others just fine.

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