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Stanislaus County Jail

200 E Hackett Rd
Modesto, CA 95358
Phone: (209) 525-5600

Interview with Jamie and Karina

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Jamie: We took our case to the jury. The day the verdict came in i had served 6 months in jail. I was released that day by the judge and appeared in court a month later with the sentence being time served and three years probation
Karina: I was in jail just for a reassessment for drug court and waiting for a bed for src.

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?
Jamie: I was in a holding cell each time we came to and from court. It was a small room with a bench and toilet to use. After a bit of practice you made sure and used the toilet before you came back to the safety center. Sometimes you would be in the cell for several hours always at least 30 minutes and then you would have a strip search in front of several other women including the squat and cough for extra humiliation
Karina: No i went straight to mininmum housing. It was like camp for a whole lot of women, it felt like dorms. There was a lot of girls and a lot of rooms and 4 beds to one room.

If you or someone you love is headed to Stanlislaus County Jail, you may have a lot of questions about what to expect. Going to jail is never easy, but having the right information can help you be prepared for the experience.

We have interviewed former inmates of Stanlislaus County, who have shared information that can help you know what to anticipate, and can ultimately help your time go a little smoother. Their interviews can be accessed by clicking links to your left. Take a few minutes to read their stories, and find out what life is really like behind bars in Stanlislaus County Jail.

Getting Along With Others
One of the biggest challenges of serving time is often getting along with other people that you are forced to live with. Stanlislaus County is no exception. One recurring piece of advice from former inmates is that you keep in mind that nothing is free. If another inmate is helpful to you or gives you something, you should always assume that they will expect you to return the favor at some point.

Be careful about borrowing or accepting items as you will be expected to pay in some way or another. Never borrow something that you won't be able to return. There is usually some type of drama going on, but if you mind your own business, other inmates will usually respect that.

Passing the Time
Serving time can be very boring, and it is helpful when the jail provides ways to help pass your time. Stanlislaus County has TV's available to inmates in the living areas, but the volume is kept very low so it can be hard to hear. Books are available and are not difficult to access.

If you have money on your account, you can buy items from commissary to help you stay entertained. Church services are offered multiple times a week. Inmates are also allowed to go out to a small outside patio daily.

Stanlislaus County provides inmates with three meals per day. The food is described as "good" but small portions. Inmates report the best meals are dinner, and the lunches are the worst, being a sandwich on most days, with the occasional apple.

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