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Citrus County Jail

2604 West Woodland Ridge Drive
Lecanto, FL 34461-7876
(352) 527-3332

Interview with Hugh

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Hugh: 1 year probation and 30 days served. The state tried to give me 3 years probation and 90 days in jail. I worked out the deal with the state without the help of my lawyer.

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 spent 24 hours in a holding cell. It was miserable. I just wanted to hurry and get processed through. They take their time to do everything.

If you or a loved one will be spending time in Citrus 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 your time. The information in this article is based on information gathered from interviewing former inmates of Citrus County Jail. The links on the left lead to interviews from ex-inmates of this facility who share information about what life is really like inside the jail.

Once you are arrested and booked into this jail, most inmates go before a judge on the 7th day. Former inmates have complained that public defenders are a "joke," so if you have the means to hire a private attorney, you might want to do that. Although the public defenders may not measure up, we hear that in general, the judges tend to be pretty lenient and like to sentence people to probation more than anything else.

For those who cannot hire a private attorney, some people have been successful in working out a plea deal directly between themselves and the prosecutor, so this is something you can consider.

Turning Yourself In
When people find out they have an arrest warrant in Florida, they often decide to turn themselves in so they can avoid further complications with their case. If you decide to turn yourself in to Citrus County Jail, be aware that as you walk up to the jail you may be arrested. You can only officially turn yourself in if you get past the gate to the front door.

You can consider yourself lucky to be going to Citrus County Jail because former inmates say the food is actually really good. The warden has a philosophy that he needs to make the inmates happy somehow, and he chooses to do that by serving good food. Fridays are pizza day, ice cream is served every Saturday, and chicken dinners are served every Sunday.

Biscuits and gravy are often served for breakfast. If you are lucky enough to become a kitchen worker, you can eat all the trays you want. If you opt out of the milk with your meals, you can get juice three times that day as a snack.

Inmates are issued two piece uniforms that are color coded based on your crime. Former inmates say that if you know you are going to jail, you should wear white socks and underwear because they will not be issued to you. If you wear another color you will not be allowed to keep them with you, although you can purchase them off commissary if you have money on your books.

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