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San Luis Obispo County Jail

1585 Kansas Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-7604
(805) 781-4600

Interview with Hugh, Jennifer and Johnny

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Hugh: I was sentenced to 12 months deferred judgement. I had to go to drug classes and be randomly drug tested. If you complete the program they dismiss all your charges.
Jennifer: 180 days in jail with half Time and 3 years of formal probation.
Johnny: Custody: 355 total days; 237 actual days, 118 conduct credits. (9/18/10-5/12/11)

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?
Hugh: I was in a holding cell. It is a room with a pay phone and a list of all the bail bondsmen. This gives you a chance to try to bail out and contact family, etc. I was in there for 4-5 hours. There are about 9 different holding cells. There are rubber rooms, drug tanks, and different cells for male and female.
Jennifer: Yes I spent at least 4 hours in the holding cell. Which we call IRC. It was really cold and kinda scary i cryed being in there everything hits you hard knowing your not going to be with loved ones.
Johnny: I did spend time in a holding cell after sentencing. It was traumatic. I was either alone or with a small number of fellow inmates. We were sometimes given food to eat if it we were being held during lunchtime. The duration of my confinement in a holding cell(s) post-sentencing ranged from 20 minutes to 35 minutes.

If you or somebody you know is heading to the San Luis Obispo County Jail you probably want to know what to expect. The links on the left lead to interviews from ex-inmates of San Luis Obispo County who share information about what life inside the jail is really like.

Holding Cells
You can expect to wait in a holding cell when you first arrive at the San Luis Obispo County Jail. There are 9 different holding cells that are used for different types inmates.

The "rubber room" is where those who are a danger to themselves are placed. The "drunk tank" is where the jail holds inmates who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol when they arrive. Men and women are segregated in different cells.

Time Off for Good Behavior
To deal with the problem of overcrowding, many jails release inmates early if they exhibit good behavior during their incarceration. San Luis Obispo jail offers time off to inmates, but your judge needs to specify whether you will have the opportunity to get good time or not. If you get the maximum amount of good time, you may only have to serve 1/3 of your sentence. To qualify for the time off, you need to avoid write ups, don't fight, don't do anything that would cause you to be locked down.

Phone Calls
Inmates can make collect calls from this jail. The charge is approximately $3 per connection and then an additional 50 cents per minute.

San Luis Obispo inmates go outside at least three times per week. The jail offers AA and NA meetings and clergy visits. Each pod has a TV, but choosing a channel to watch is a group decision. Books are available to inmates from a book cart that comes around to each section periodically.

The biggest complaint about food in the San Luis Obispo County Jail is that they don't serve large enough portions. The food itself is rated as mediocre, but ex-inmates say that having money for commissary is necessary to be able to supplement the meals. Otherwise, the inmates are hungry most of the time.

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