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Pima County Jail

1270 W. Silverlake Road
Tucson, Arizona 85702

Interview with Guero 1, Jim, Ricky, Bernard, Cora, Roy, Mario, Kayla and Evan

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Guero 1: it was either one year prison or 3 years mandatory intensive probation and one year in work release from pima county jail. i took one year in prison
Jim: They tried to sentence me to anything I would plead to. After 6 months offering me a misdemeanor, time served or something when they had me indicted for multiple felonies.
Ricky: Sentenced 23 months 17 months in jail and 3 months in prison
Bernard: I was sentenced to 2.5 years
Cora: I served a total of 6 months. I was sentenced to 90 days originally but then the prosecutor contested the sentence and I was resentenced for 90 more days.
Roy: Well I did not get sentenced. I stayed in booking for an evening and then they booked us and transferred a few inmates to the Durango Facility also located in Phoenix on the SWest side I believe. I was there for two week, less a day or so, then my name was called to see the Judge and the States Attorney to see "our fate", which mine was pretty good, because they released me with a big Apology, and never even spoke on the "drinking in Public" charge that got me locked up in the first place. The judge, the States attorney never even brought that up, and apologized for being jailed and for the 15 year old silly warrant that was initially a hand written ticket. When I got out, they gave me all the Court paper work to fax to my recruiter, to erase that warrant, which I did fax, and then I was told by her, that I now had to wait 6 months to be shipped to Fort Benning Georgia for Airborne School, and then straight to Afganistan. I was hurt and very upset, the military had a policy that you had to wait 6 months after any civilian court matters, then re enlist, I lost my 35,000 dollar enlistment bonus, and my school at Ft. Benning, and was stuck here with my Dad. I was furious
Mario: My original sentence was 10 years with 5 suspened.
Kayla: Originally I was sentenced to 3 years probation. I violated probation with new charges and was re-sentenced to 180 days jail and 4 years intense probation with no time served. I served the 4 months extra, was released on intense probation and violated it in a month and a half or so. I was then re-sentenced again to 1.5 years prison with 270 or so days time served.
Evan: The 1st time- 180 days in jail with 3 years of intensive probation. The 2nd time was for 60 days in jail.

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?
Guero 1: yes i did its just a big room with a bench made of concrete all the way around it and one toilet, in the open. everyones cool, and we just si and talk and bull shit, and everyone talks about what happened in court, unless your on for murder then you stay quiet.
Jim: N/A
Ricky: Yes. Stressful because it was my first time going to prison and I wasn't sure what to expect. It didn't take too long, but you never know when you're going so it's hard to sleep.
Bernard: At the time of my sentencing I was not in custody, so they took me to a smaller holding cell somewhere in the court building and searched me. They then took my shoe laces off, things of that nature. I then had to wait until they were transporting to Pima County jail. I was then shackled with other inmates and taken in the back of a van(with no windows and steel cages around you).
Cora: No the judge allowed me to set my days for when I could serve so I was able to leave that day and turn myself in at a later date. However I have seen the holding cell before and it is just a solid concrete room with a toilet in the corner and minimal seating.
Roy: Normally if you get a sentence, you will be in the holding cell until all the other inmates you came with to Madison Jail Court, all cases are heard and if you get a sentence you go back to the facility and wait until they transfer you to one of the correctional facilities throughout Arizona, depending on your charge.
Mario: I spent time in a holding cell just waiting to me taken back to my main cell. But it was ok sat by myself and just went over all that happened in court.
Kayla: I stayed in the same cell I was in before sentencing until the post-sentencing jail (called the mission in pima county) had a bed available for me and had processed my paperwork. My time in the main jail after I was sentenced was still counted toward my sentenced time.
Evan: Yes, I spent about 1/2 hour waiting for transport back to the jail. It was super boring and it helped to have other inmates to talk to. It was a lot less time waiting to go back then it was to wait to be seen by the judge.

If you or someone you know is headed to the Pima County Jail, you may be wondering what to expect. Going to jail can be scary, and not knowing what day to day life is like can give you even more anxiety. While we can't promise that your jail time will be worry free or easy, having the right information can help you feel more prepared for the experience.

We have interviewed the only people who really know what life is like for those who are locked up in Pima County, former inmates, who have shared details about what life is like in this facility. You can read their interviews by clicking the links to the left. Take a few minutes to read their stories so you can learn what life is really like in the Pima County Jail.

Other Inmates
Each jail has its own unique culture and unspoken rules to help inmates manage their relationships and get along. In Pima County, ex-inmates we interviewed said it is very important not to back down or appear weak to other inmates. While it is never a good idea to look for conflict or fights, avoiding confrontation in this jail can lead to more problems than just dealing with it head on.

Visits and Telephones
Keeping in touch with family and friends on the outside is a high priority for most people who are locked up. Pima County allows inmates to have visitors one time per week. If you are going to visit someone in this jail, be aware that the officers are often not very nice to visitors, so don't take it personally. Visits are held over video monitor and a phone, so the visitor and the inmate aren't in the same room during visits.

Inmates in Pima County typically have access to telephones, unless there is a security override for some reason. Phone calls are made collect unless inmates want to call Mexico, in which case they can buy a phone card. The calls are quite expensive, and inmates should expect that there calls are being monitored by the jail.

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