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Placer County Jail

2775 Richardson Dr
Auburn, CA 95603
(530) 745-8500

Interview with Blake, Tyra, Greg and Eric

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Blake: I was only sentenced three months.
Tyra: 7 days, did 2 and sentence completed.
Greg: Fifteen Days, Served Six and then was released early.
Eric: 6 months with half time. 3 months.

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?
Blake: I was in a holding cell for about 14 hours. It was dirty, small, packed.
Tyra: it was horrible. i arrived on a turn in bases and was placed in that filthy cell (food everywhere on the floor, including bloody kotex) and held there for over 13.5 hours. As I understand it, this is illegal but common practice for Placer Sheriff's
Greg: It was pretty much like you imagine, Concrete wall's, Cold metal benches. A bunch of other people crowding around you all generally in a pissed off mood, Just waiting to get transferred.
Eric: I spent a few hours in booking, and it was not pleasant but seemed to be what would be expected of a holding sell, and was familiar as I had been there before for previous arrests. It was not as crowded as usual so I was put in I tank quickly.

Have you ever wondered what life is like in the Placer County Jail? Maybe you drive by there on your way to work or, or maybe you or someone you know is facing some time there.

Whether you are looking to satisfy your curiosity, or you are trying to get all the information you can to help yourself or someone else, you have come to the right place. We have interviewed former inmates of Placer County, who have shared their inside knowledge about what goes on in the jail from day to day.

You can read their interviews by clicking the links to the left. Take a few minutes to read their stories and learn what really happens behind locked doors in the Placer County Jail.

Getting Out Early
Due to issues of overcrowding, many jails have programs allowing inmates to get out earlier than their sentenced time. Placer County allows inmates to get up to half off their sentenced time for good behavior. Getting caught breaking rules can cause inmates to lose this privilege, so it is in the best interests of everyone for inmates to follow rules and avoid being troublemakers.

Placer County provides inmates with three meals per day. The food has received mixed reviews. One inmate commented that the food served on Sundays and Tuesdays were pretty good, and the other days of the week, not so great.

Passing the Time
One of the biggest challenges of serving time is finding ways to stay busy and avoid boredom. Placer County provides inmates with television, board games, and books to help with this problem.

Keeping in touch with family and friends on the outside are high priorities to most people who are locked up. Placer County allows inmates to have visitors twice a week.

Visits are no contact, which means a glass wall separates the inmate from the visitor so no physical contact can take place. The inmate and the visitor communicate through a phone as they watch each other through a glass. Visitors usually wait about an hour to get into a visit.

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