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Napa County Jail

1125 3rd Street
Napa, CA 94559-3015
(707) 253-4401

Interview with Erik and Clayton

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Erik: 90 days in jail, and rehab.
Clayton: Sentenced to one year but I served 8 months. Its not considered good time... You couldn't get in trouble enough to lose it. Most people serve 8/12 months of their sentence.

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?
Erik: Yes, I was in booking for about 4 hours. It was fine. They have chairs. You just sit there and wait for your turn and they book you in. They don't put you in an overcrowded holding cell like they do in other jails.
Clayton: There were a lot of festival people there but also county people. They were trying to tell me how I was going to get beat up. But this wasn't my first cha cha and I wasn't scared. I was in there for 8 hours. There were 13-15 of us in there in the holding cell.

If you or someone you know is headed to Napa County Jail to serve some time, you may be wondering what life is like behind jail walls. We have all seen movies that depict jail and prison, but it can be hard to get an accurate idea about what you can really expect.

Going to jail can be scary, but having the right knowledge beforehand can help you prepare for the experience. We have interviewed former inmates of Napa County Jail, and have compiled their information here on this site. To the left are links to the actual interviews. Take a few minutes to read their stories and find out what you can expect for yourself or a loved one in Napa County Jail.

General Information
Napa County is a relatively small jail, with only two main sections. It is privately owned, and according to ex-inmates, cleaner and a little bit nicer than other jails in the area.

If you have been sentenced to spend time in this jail, and if you don't need to be segregated from the general population, chances are you will have a chance to live in the dorm area, which is the most laid back part of the jail. In this area, inmates pass the time by playing ping pong, table tennis, and watching movies at night. You can consider yourself lucky if this is how you end of serving time.

Napa County provides three meals per day for inmates. The food is rated as pretty good, again a result of the jail being privately owned. One of the favorite meals of inmates is the bone-in chicken, served once a week. The jail serves hot meals at lunch time and sack lunches for dinner, so they can close down the kitchen by 5 pm.

They don't serve any snacks outside of meals. If you want any extra food you will need to have money on your books so you can buy snacks off commissary.

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