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St Lucie County Jail

1901 South 11Th Street
Fort Pierce, Florida 34950
Phone: (772) 462-5370

Interview with Henry, Bob and Cory

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Henry: I was sentenced the first time to 2 years probation. My second time in trouble I was sentenced to 2 years state prison, followed by 3 years probation.
Bob: I ended up being sentenced to 30 days in the county jail which with "gain time" (time off for good behavior), amounted to 20 days total. I was released two days after my sentencing. Additionally I was given one year of probation - A $500 fine - and six months license suspension. This was better than what the State had offered initially (through the Public Defender), which was 45 days in the jail. All in all I would say that I was satisfied with my sentencing.
Cory: 365 days, with time served.

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?
Henry: I spent time in holding cells throughout my incarceration. But more specifically, the holding cell after sentencing was very crowded, often time with inmates having to stand or sit on the floor. The guards were very proffessional and respectful to their fullest ability.
Bob: I did not have to spend time in a holding cell after my sentencing because my court appearance was done via video link between the jail and courthouse/courtroom. After sentencing I was escorted by a Deputy back to my Dorm.
Cory: Yes, i was in a holding cell for not long, just a few hours then I was taken back to my cell in the main jail. Where I did the rest of my time with a few in house cell transfers

Are you or someone you know headed to St. Lucie County Jail? If so, you may be wondering what you can expect as you serve your time. Going to jail is never easy, but having the right information can help you prepare for the experience.

We have interviewed former inmates of St. Lucie County, and have made those interviews available to you. Click to the links to the left to read their stories, and learn what life is really like in St. Lucie County Jail.

Getting Along With Others
Spending time in jail means being forced to live with people you don't know and may not like. While you may not be able to avoid all conflict, it is helpful to remember that being respectful and courteous is a big help. With many people locked up together in close confines and with people potentially facing years of incarceration it is advisable to respect your cellmates.

Other ways to avoid conflict are keeping your area clean, knowing when someone wants to be left alone, and avoiding gossip, but also standing up for yourself. In St. Lucie County, if you are involved in an altercation while at the jail and if the person you fight wants to press charges, you can receive up to a 10 year sentence. This helps keep the fights to a minimum.

Gain Time
Due to overcrowding problems, many jails allow inmates to get out early if they are well behaved. St. Lucie County takes up to 10 days off per month for good behavior, and this is called "gain time." To be eligible for this time off your sentence, you need to avoid fighting, contraband and the breaking of jail rules.

Drug and Alcohol Program
St Lucie County has a living area that houses those involved in their drug and alcohol program. If you have substance abuse issues, it is to your benefit to try to get into this program. In addition to being given the opportunity to work on your recovery, this area is also described as a generally better place to be than other parts of the jail. The inmates in this area are described as very respectful of each other and very supportive.

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