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Yavapai County Jail

2830 Commonwealth Drive Suite 105
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
(928) 567-7734

Interview with Lance, Ana and Jack

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Lance: 180 days in jail and 3 years probation.
Ana: I was sentenced to three years.
Jack: 4 months in state prison.

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?
Lance: No, they put me straight in with general population.
Ana: I spent time in the general population in a 2 man cell until the prison transport which was approximately one or two times per month came and took me to Perryville prison in Goodyear, Az.
Jack: I spent a couple of hours in a holding cell. I was the only one on the entire floor and i received a bagged lunch. I exercised a bit to pass the time.

If you think you might be facing some time in Yavapai County Jail, you may be wondering what to expect while you are there. Going to jail can be stressful, especially when you walk in blindly. With the right information, you can feel better prepared to face the day to day challenges of serving time.

We have interviewed former inmates of Yavapai County, and recorded their experiences so you can get an idea what life is really like behind bars in this jail. To the left are links to the actual interviews. Take some time to do your research, and chances are you will feel better about your ability to handle whatever is coming whether you or a loved one will be spending some time behind bars.

Phone Calls and Visitation
Most people in jail consider it a high priority to keep in touch with their loved ones while they serve their time. Yavapai County provides inmates with both telephone access and regular visitation privileges. The telephones are operated on a system where the receiver of the call must pay for minutes in advance. This service is set up through the website Former inmates recall that for $30, an inmate could have 5 phone calls.

Visitation is held weekly on Thursdays. No physical contact is allowed as there is a glass wall separating the inmate from the visitor, and communication is achieved through telephones. Prior to visiting, an individual has to be on a list that the inmate must submit to the jail at least one week in advance for approval.

Yavapai County serves its inmates three meals per day. One former inmate reported that most days, the food is pretty good. Every third Monday is "Build Your Own Burrito or Taco" night, a favorite among inmates.

This jail serves dessert to the inmates every night, which is not a common practice in jail settings. Sunday night is cake night, and other desserts served during the week include cookies, pudding, brownie and jello.

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