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St Johns County Jail

3955 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084-8628
(904) 829-6496

Interview with Lance

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Lance: After I finally got sentenced it was only 90 days, but sat there for 105 before I actually got sentenced.

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?
Lance: I spent 72 hours in a holding cell. It sucks. Its terrible. You are sitting in a 6X8 concrete room with a toilet, sink and a concrete wedge. They give you a blanket and you sleep on a concrete wedge. There are about 6 people in there. There is also a drunk tank.

If you are headed to serve some time at St. Johns County Jail, you may be wondering what to expect. Going to jail can be scary, especially if this is your first time. Getting the right information can help you feel more prepared for the experience.

We have interviewed former inmates of St. Johns County jail, who have given us the inside scoop about life inside the jail, from the food to what you need to know about the court system in this area. The links to the left will lead you to the actual interviews. Take a few minutes to read the stories of those who have gone before you, and find out what you can expect in the St. Johns County Jail.

If you are going to jail, you will be involved in the court process either before or during the time you are in jail, and it is possible that Judge Wendy Burger will be making some pretty big decisions about your life. Many inmates have learned the hard way that using sarcasm or making fun of her name will not do you any good in the courtroom, so be on your best behavior and be as respectful as you possibly can, even if her name does crack you up.

Good Time
To deal with the issue of overcrowding, many jails allow inmates to serve less time than their sentences require. In St. Johns County Jail, you can receive up to 5 days per month off your sentence for good behavior. For a year sentence, this translates into serving 10 months instead of 12. So do everything you can go follow the rules while you are serving so you can get out early.

St. Johns provides three meals per day to its' inmates, but the food is rated very poorly overall. Former inmates recommend having money on your books so you can supplement the jail food with snacks you can order off commissary. Be aware that the commissary food can be pretty pricey. For example, a honey bun used to cost $3 for an entire box of 6, but the cost was recently raised to $1.50 each.

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