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Escambia County Jail

1700 W Leonard St
Pensacola, FL 32501
(850) 436-9861

Interview with mitchell, Stewart, Adam, Jeffrey, Brent and Daryll

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
mitchell: 9 month county jail
Stewart: 3 yrs of probation and complete a.r.t. program which I finished in 27 days but I waited at the county jail for 6 additional weeks after sentencing for a.r.t. to come pick me up
Adam: I was in jail from oct 6 to nov 18
Jeffrey: I was sentenced to 3 years probation
Brent: 13 months fl. state prison
Daryll: 3 years probation and complete the A.R.T. program which took about 30 days

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?
mitchell: yes it was terrible i mean you r already traumatized from the sentence and seeing the hurt in your families eyes now you got to go to the holding tank that smells like urine n crap and then b handcuffed n shackled to get in a van if i was going to run why did i go to court
Stewart: was held in a holding cell after sentencing. a cell about 16 by 24 with about 28 other people, it was freezing cold and smelled of urine and when they brought lunch they opened the door and threw brown bags in with 2 rancid meat sandwiches
Adam: the only time I spent in a hoding cell was befor court on the second court date they took me down to the holding cell around 530 am and court didn't start till 9. It was about 12 by 15 cinderblock room with one cinderblock bench the stretched long ways in the room... most of that time there were about twenty of us in there with most sitting on floor...F
Jeffrey: yes I was in a holding cell for 3 hours after sentencing which was ridiculous because the judge released me on probation and I feel at that time I should have been released from court
Brent: yes spent about 4 hours in the holding cell after sentencing. it was filthy, the toilet did not work there was no place to sit because of being so crowded
Daryll: I was put in a holding cell after court for about 3 hours after court and it was dirty with trash all over the floor, ice cold, no place to sit, and the toilet did not work

Life On The Inside
There seems to be two pieces of sound advice provided by former inmates of every jail: "Mind your own business" and "get money for canteen buying." It would appear that life in the Escambia County Jail would be no different. A former female inmate interviewed for this site found that pregnant inmates weren't given anything the other inmates were given. This could certainly be a cause for concern. However, there is a full medical staff on call that the inmates have access to.

The Escambia County Jail is made up of two distinct facilities. There is Central Booking and Receiving and the Main Jail which is referred to as Central Booking and Detention. It is easy to get these two place confused and you'll need to know where you're going for a visit. As for putting money into an inmate's account, there is a kiosk in the lobby of both facilities where you can make a deposit for an inmate's canteen account.

The typical daily population of the Escambia County Jail is approximately 1,600 inmates which is the official capacity of the jail. In the inmates stay out of trouble, they are allowed to go outside once a day into the open yard. The rest of the leisure activities are limited.

Good Behavior Policy
The maximum amount that an inmate can have reduced from their sentence would be 85%. This can occur if they aren't written up for infractions like fighting or having contraband. Typically, this would break down to 10 days a month of the total amount.

Visitor and Phone Policy
To visit an inmate at Escambia it is recommended that you arrive at least 45 minutes before your schedule appointment. There is a long list of "no's" you'll have to embrace for a visit. On that list are no purses, pocketbooks, coats, jackets, hats, keys, cell phones, pages, tank tops, see-through clothing, sleeveless shirts or bare midriffs. Even meeting all of those rules, don't expect to have your visits in private.

To make a phone call, an inmate will be allowed to use one of the phones in their housing unit. The cost is around 3$ per call.

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