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Sutter County Jail

1077 Civic Center Blvd
Yuba City, CA 95993
Phone: (530) 822-7300

Interview with Tom, Frank and Ashlee

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Tom: 3 years
Frank: I was sentenced to a county year, which here, with good behavior, becomes to 8 months. I also received 5 years of felony probation.
Ashlee: Sentenced to 120 days. They tried to give me 3 yrs at first.

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?
Tom: Yes. I was in a holding cell beneath the courthouse handcuffed to a wooden bench. It was very uncomfortable.
Frank: When I first got there at about 11am, I was put in a small holding room until I was booked. This sucked because it is like the size of a big closet, with a little bench on each side. The door has a little small window but there is not much to see. I was here until about midnight because they forgot about me. I had missed breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but when they realized that I at least got a little sack lunch thing and was finally booked in.
Ashlee: No, the only time I was in the holding cell is when I was waiting to be booked in. Then you are put in maximum until you are sentenced. Once you are sentenced, then you can go over to minimum. But then it also depends on your charges.

If you or someone you know is headed to Sutter County Jail, you may be wondering what it will be like. Knowing what to expect can help ease some anxiety as you prepare to serve time.

The following information is based on information gathered from interviews of former inmates of Sutter County Jail. Links on the left lead to these interviews, where you can get a glimpse at what life is really like inside the jail.

Passing the time
One of the most challenging things about being locked up is figuring out what to do to pass the time. Fortunately, Sutter County Jail has more activities available to inmates than a lot of other facilities. The inmates can watch TV, play cards and other games, and church services are offered on a regular basis.

Inmates generally get the chance to go outside in the rec yard 1 or 2 times per week for a total of 3 to 6 hours. The yard has basketball hoops, volleyball and handball facilities, as well as dip and pull up bars. Inmates say that if you want to stay in shape while you are serving your time in this jail, it is definitely possible to do so.

The food served in this jail is rated at about 6 out of 10. Inmates receive three meals per day. One of the favorite meals among inmates is when a real, recognizable piece of meat is served. If you want between meal snacks, you need to have money on your books to buy items from commissary.

There are many gangs in the jails and prisons of California. Former inmates of Sutter County advise that it is best to stay as far away as possible from any involvement with these gangs. Getting involved with a gang while you are in jail can get you into a lot of trouble, in addition to putting your life at risk.

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