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Shasta County Jail

1655 West St
Redding, CA 96001
Phone: (530) 245-6100

Interview with Sarah, Paul, Allan and Erik

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Sarah: 6 months here a year there 8 months here 4 there. !0 DUI's add's up to alot of jail time. I never had to go to PRISON... by the Grace Of God.
Paul: 180 days...served at 1/2 time meant I went home on the day of sentencing
Allan: 1 yr. county 7 yrs. probation
Erik: Sentencing was for 2yrs suspended upon competion of a domestic violence program (1yr)and of course obey all laws. Probational period was for three years. I'd been in jail for 2 1/2 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?
Sarah: I was a very Biligerant drunk. I always spent time in holding cells... always thank-ful... even to wake up... on the cement floors... or hugging the shinning aluminum toilet.
Paul: No, holding cell. After sentencing I requested that I be sent to the kitchen to work, and the woman in the tower was accommodating. I had seen people get out, and knew the officers took their time with paperwork. I wanted to go to the kitchen so I could work and eat well.
Allan: They placed me in a holding cell with two other men that were in the court room with me. they beat people to the point of bleeding on a regular basis
Erik: I was already in custody when sentenanced. I di spent most of the rest of the day incarcerated. Court was at 1130 and I was released from custody around dinner time 530pm. Before dinner so the didn't have to feed me

If you or someone you know is headed to Shasta County Jail, you might have questions about what you can expect. Going to jail can be a scary experience, especially your first time. We can't promise your jail time will be worry free, but having the right information can help you prepare for the experience.

To get this information, we have located and interviewed former inmates of Shasta County. They have shared their tips and insight to help you know what is coming, and hopefully helps you avoid some of the mistakes they have made. Take a few minutes to read their stories and learn what life is really like inside Shasta County Jail.

Passing the Time
One of the most challenging parts of serving time is fighting boredom. Shasta County provides inmates with activities such as TV, work, art, and church services. Many inmates also work out as a way to pass the time. The jail allows inmates to go outside in the yard every day.

Shasta County provides inmates with three meals per day. Unfortunately, the food doesn't rate too highly. Inmates who have money on their books are able to buy food from the jail commissary. Having money available for this purpose can make serving your time a little easier, so if you can arrange to have this available, you might want to do that.

Getting Along with Others
It can be difficult to get along with strangers you are forced to live with for an extended period of time. Former inmates recommend keeping out of others business, listening to the officers and react to other inmates only when needed to protect yourself. Following this advice can help you avoid problems with others and can help your time go more smoothly.

Shasta County administers necessary medications to inmates twice a day. During med call, a nurse hands out meds through a glass window. Former inmates report that getting an aspirin when needed isn't difficult.

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