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Anchorage Jail

1400 East 4th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501-2857
(907) 269-4100

Interview with Ted

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Ted: I haven't been sentenced yet. After being arrested I spent about a week before I was bailed out.

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?
Ted: No.

If you or somebody you know is heading to the Anchorage Alaska Jail you probably want to know what to expect. The links on the left lead to interviews from ex-inmates of Anchorage Alaska who share information about what life inside the jail is really like.

General Information
The Anchorage Jail is physically connected to the Cook Inlet Jail. Although they are housed on the same property, they are separate jails. The information in this description is about the Anchorage portion of the facility.

Anchorage Alaska Jail is only for pretrial inmates. This means that you will only stay in this jail before you receive a sentence. If you are sentenced to jail time, you will serve your sentence in a different jail in the area.

Phone Calls
This jail has their phones set up on the Evercom System, which allows for inmates to call local landlines free of charge. Phone calls made from other jails are usually very expensive so if you are going to spend time in this jail, consider the free phone calls lucky!

Long distance calls must be made collect. Phone calls to cell phones are not allowed. Inmates have varying levels of access to phones depending on their security level. Inmates housed in the higher security portions of the jail will have about an hour a day out of their cell, when they are allowed access.

Anchorage Jail offers liberal visitation in comparison to many other facilities. Inmates can have visitors every day. There are limited spots available for visits each day, so visitors need to arrive at least an hour before visitation starts to secure a spot, because it is first come, first serve. Visits are held with a glass wall separating the inmate and visitor. There is a small vent in the glass that allows you to hear each other talking.

The biggest complaint about the food served in this jail is that it is not enough. One former inmate said that the worst part of being in this jail was the constant hunger. If you have money on your books, you can order snacks from commissary weekly. If at all possible, make sure your family or friends can put money on your account so you can get some extra food to supplement the meals and not be hungry all the time.

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