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Reviews for Gwinnett County Jail


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Reviews by Connie and Twinn

JM: Which jail did you visit?
Connie: Gwinnett County Detention Center
Twinn: Gwinnett County Detention Center

JM: How long ago was your visit?
Connie: Was visiting 2x/week since March 2010- Aug. 2010
Twinn: Over 3 months

JM: How many times did you visit?
Connie: 2x/week
Twinn: Once a week, sometimes twice on weekends.

JM: How do you go about making an appointment to see an inmate?
Connie: Inmate has to get in line on the day before he wants you to visit, and put your name on a list. Only a certain number of visitors allowed per day, if he didn't get you on the list, you can't visit. He has to call and tell you what day/time to come.
Twinn: The inmates have to schedule an appointment but sometimes that will be hard to do sometimes when the officers make all of the inmates lockdown and go to their cells. Then the inmates have to call and notify me to come to the scheduled time.

JM: How long did check-in process take?
Connie: Quick and easy. Walk through a metal detector, go up to the counter and tell them the inmate's name and show them your ID. Only wait is if there's a line of people checking in.
Twinn: Usually quick and some officers will allow the visitors to skip the long waiting lines.

JM: Were the guards accommodating?
Connie: Accommodating? I didn't have any requests for them. They weren't jerks though. Actually some of them were pleasant. Only on one visit, I was told that the shirt I was wearing was not allowed (spaghetti strap tank). This only happened once, on other visits I had work tube top and shorts.
Twinn: No. Certain guards will try to pick a fight with you like you're one of the inmates. They have the worst attitudes. The people at the McDonalds drive thru at 2 in the morning are wayyyyyyyy better than any officer on duty. They will not help you.

JM: What was the visiting environment like?
Connie: Each inmate/visitor gets their own little cell separated by glass.
Twinn: Dirty. Many people say it is cleans but thats comparing to other jails.

JM: How long was your visit? Did the guards ever allow you to take extra time?
Connie: 30 mins. Guards let you up 5 mins early. So if visitation is at 7, they'll let you up at 6:45, and that's probably because some of the housing units take a long time to get to, you have to walk down several halls, elevators, etc. Some of the housing units aren't far though.
Twinn: 30 minutes. One guard did give an extra 5 minutes but only because the visit started 10 minutes late for EVERYBODY not just me. The majority of the time my visits start late. Most time 5 minutes late, but when its 10 minutes late its a problem to me.

JM: What was the parking situation like?
Connie: Plenty of parking. No issue there.
Twinn: Always hell. People there can not park. They are just asking for a ticket.

JM: What advice would you offer to somebody who is going to visit an inmate in this jail?
Connie: Get there 10-15 minutes before your appt. time. Don't dress too revealing, make sure you have your ID.
Twinn: Leave your house at least an hour early.... because no matter if you're driving from 30 minutes away in a thunderstorm and the traffic lights shuts out in the city while you have your 1 year old nephew in the backseat, if you don't show up on time, they don't care!!!

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