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Pinellas County Jail

14400 49th St N
Clearwater, FL 33762
(727) 464-6415

Interview with Toby, J. Friday, Jeremy, Keith, Lisa, Jenny, Alicia, Darryl and Brian

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Toby: 3 yrs fl prison
J. Friday: 270 days, with 103 days taken off for the time I had already spent in jail, on that charge.
Jeremy: None. My probation was terminated.
Keith: 25 days in jail for no reason.
Lisa: one day.
Jenny: I believe it was for about 4 months.
Alicia: Six months,but felt like a year
Darryl: 6yrs do 1yr the remainder oi f 5yrs on probation

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?
Toby: not so bad since i was already used to jail.
J. Friday: I was already incarcerated when i went to court, so I just had to make the reverse trip back to my POD. It's about an 8 hour round trip to go to court from jail. You go through a whole series of holding cells on the way there, and on the way back. The whole process isnt pleasant at all, you move from one dank nasty cell to the next. With about 300 other inmates, all going to the same place. The closer you get to your courtroom, the less people there are in the cells with you. Finally, you're in a tiny cell right behind the courtroom, it's probebly 6 by 9, with 7-8 people. After court, it's the same thing in reverse.
Jeremy: Yes. Every inmate does. It was dark, nasty and stank like hell.
Keith: Unfair.
Lisa: Yes, it was long and cold. Too many inmates cramped into a small cell.
Jenny: Yes. Very boring. You're in a room with people you don't know, and it is always very cold there.
Brian: place was nasty.
Alicia: Yes, it was a very small cell with about 10 to 15 girls in it. The toilet was nasty smelling and some of the girls were just as smelly so it made it unbareabl for the others..
Darryl: Yesi spent a few hours in a holding cell.all holding celks are the same,cold dirty and bi er ing.nothing ti do but sit or sleep if your lucky then after a few hours I was taken back to jail

Have you ever wondered what life is like in the Pinellas County Jail? If you or someone you love are headed there, you might be wondering to expect. Going to jail can be scary, especially your first time.

While we can't promise that jail will be worry free for you or your loved one, having the right information can help you feel more prepared for the experience. We have interviewed former inmates of Pinellas County, who have shared information about this jail, ranging from daily activities to what types of inmates are typically incarcerated here and how to best get along with them.

You can read their interviews by clicking the links to the left. Take a few minutes to read their stories and find out what life is really like in the Pinellas County Jail.

Pinellas County provides inmates with three meals a day. Meals are served at odd hours with breakfast at 3am, lunch at 10am and dinner at 4pm. Unfortunately, the food ranks as very poor. One meal that several inmates mentioned as better than the others is the shank and cereal for breakfast.

The meat and gravy breakfast on Wednesdays and Saturdays is also a favorite. The complaints about the food include "bland and unappetizing" and "awful and cold." On the plus side, the jail does have a commissary, where inmates with money on their books can buy snacks to supplement the food the jail provides. Family and friends on the outside can put money in their loved ones account to make sure they have access to the commissary items.

Getting Out Early
To deal with issues of overcrowding, many jails allow inmates to get out earlier than they are sentenced to. Pinellas County offers inmates 5 days per month off their sentence for good behavior. In addition, inmates who work can gain an additional 5 days off each month for each month they work.

This is referred to as "gain time." To make sure you get all the time off possible, you need to avoid fights, contraband and breaking rules. Working can help you earn extra time off in addition to helping you stay busy and out of trouble.

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