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Santa Rosa County Jail

5755 E Milton Rd
Milton, FL 32583-7913
(850) 983-4661

Interview with Hillary and Leslie

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Hillary: I had 30 days more for violence of probation, 125 hours community service, 6 months probation. I also had to pay back for the merchandise that was taken. I spent about a month in Santa Rosa.
Leslie: 1yr community control followed by 2 yrs proation

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?
Hillary: Yes, I spent 2.5 hours or so in the holding tank. It was freezing ass cold, I can tell you that. It was just a room full of benches basically. There were two other girls in there with me. One of them seemed really grungy.
Leslie: I was not held in a holding cell after sentencing because I was out on bond and was sentenced to probation I had to report with in 24 hours to the prob office

If you or someone you know is planning to serve some time in the Santa Rosa County jail, you may be wondering what to expect. The following information was obtained by interviewing former inmates of this jail. To the left are links to the actual interviews, where you can read about the experiences of others and find out what life is really like in the Santa Rosa County Jail.

General Information
This is a fairly small jail, with only 4 blocks of inmates. One of the blocks houses females and the other three blocks are male.

Phone calls
While serving time in jail, it is important to most inmates to keep in touch with their family and friends on the outside. Santa Rosa Jail allows inmates liberal access to payphones. Inmates can make calls either collect or they can have calls charged to their phone account.

The jail has recently implemented a new phone system that allows family and friends to put money on the inmate account with "Offender Connect" which can be accessed online.

Inmates in the Santa Rosa Jail can have visitors two times per week. Children are allowed to come to visits at all times, and are not restricted to certain days of the month. Visits are held in rooms where glass separates the inmate from the visitors.

Time off for Good Behavior
To deal with the common problem of overcrowding, many jails offer inmates time off their sentence for good behavior. In the Santa Rosa County Jail, you can earn up to half off of your sentence through working in the community. For each day of work you put in, you can get a day off.

In order to do qualify to do this work, you must first become a trustee. It takes about 30 days to be able to achieve this status, so if your sentence is less than 30 days you probably won't be getting any time off. To become a trustee you need to follow the rules, avoid fights, and minimize the chances that you will be viewed as a high security risk.

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