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Pulaski County Jail
3201 West Roosevelt Road
Ron: 8 years in the Arkansas Dept. of Corrections.
Candice: I received 10 years in the arkansas deprtment of corrections
Cliff: i was given 3 years probation
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?
Ron: At the courthouse I waited a couple hours before I was transferred to the Pulaski County holding cell. At the jail I was in a holding cell for 4-5 hours. There were 2 or 3 other people in the cell. I couldn't get medical attention. For 3-4 days, even after intake, I kept telling the nurses I need insulin and they would tell me I needed to see a doctor and had to wait until Tues (I came in on a Friday). On Sunday I started throwing up blood and I finally got a hold of my dad who called a lawyer, and within an hour I had a nurse checking my blood sugar and giving me insulin. Whenever I tried to file a medical grievance, I was ignored until I got in touch with my dad through the payphone system. The health administrator wrote on my grievances that I refused medical care.
Candice: I was placed in a holding cell after sentencing and that's hard because you have to sit there and think about the amount of time that you are going to be incarcerated
Cliff: yes. boring but i did have time to think about being away from my family and friends for something i didnt do. i was mad at the world for it to
Going to jail is never fun and Pulaski County Jail is no exception. If you know somebody going to the PCJ there is no substitute for real advice from ex-inmates who have been in the jail. CountyJail.net offers exclusive interviews from ex-inmates so you know what to expect.
Getting along with other inmates
If you know somebody going to jail for the first time there are some basic ground rules they are going to need to learn. On the outside we are taught to share our opinions and feelings freely, even when they are contrary to the opinions of those around us. In jail you need to bite your tongue and decide when something is important enough to be shared with your neighbors.
Getting along with inmates in the Pulaski County Jail can be a balancing act. You want to be respectful to other inmates without letting them push you around. If you show signs of weakness or give people the impression that just by asking for your things you will cave in you can create an unsustainable cycle of inmates taking advantage of you which will probably end up with you in a fight or stripped of all commisary and meals.
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Passing the time in Pulaski County Jail
Pulaski County Jail has a strange policy of not allowing any books in the jail except for Bibles (it is not clear whether all religious books are allowed or just the Bible). Most jails encourage reading because it keeps inmates busy and quiet.
TV is available but don't plan on choosing which channels to watch unless you are serving a long sentence. Usually choices are made by inmates who have seniority (and those with dominant personalities).
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Visitors and Telephones
One of the few bright spots in an inmate's otherwise monotonous schedule is the ability to call and visit with those on the outside. Inmates can receive visitors once per week on Saturdays for 30 minutes. The visit is done through a glass partition and former inmates report that it can be hard to hear each other.
Calls are expensive in any jail, but Pulaski is even on the high end. It costs $5 to talk on the phone for fifteen minutes (that's a local call).
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