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Muscogee County Jail

700 10th St
Columbus, GA 31901-2899
(706) 653-4258

Interview with Darren

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Darren: I haven't been sentenced yet. I was in jail 2.5 months waiting to get bond low enough to bail out.

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?
Darren: It was cold, hard cement, people curling up on the floor. It wasn't a happy place to be. 10- 15 people in there. Everybody was sitting on floor or concrete benches. I was there for 3-4 hours.

If you or someone you know is headed to Muscogee County Jail, you might be wondering what to expect. Going to jail can be scary, especially if this is your first time. However, having the right information can help to ease your anxiety and prepare you for the experience. We have interviewed former inmates of Muscogee County, and compiled the information below based on those interviews. Links to the left lead to the questions and answers, where you can learn what life is really like in Muscogee County Jail.

Phone Calls
For most people serving time in jail, keeping in touch with their friends and family on the outside is a high priority. Muscogee County has telephones that are available to the inmates for most daytime hours. Inmates can either call collect or they can purchase phone cards from the jail store. The phone cards are $10 and are good for 10-15 minutes. Collect calls are even more expensive.

Inmates are allowed to have up to three visits per week. Four days of the week are considered visitation days. Inmates have phones with screens on them in their living areas. Visits are not in person, but are by video. Visitors can bring items for the inmates such as paperback books and magazines. It can take a few days for the inmate to receive the items.

Passing the Time
One of the most challenging parts of being incarcerated is fighting the boredom. Muscogee County has some activities available to inmates to help them pass the time. They provide games such as checkers and dominoes. These games are in high demand and inmates usually have to wait in line to play.

The living areas have TV's in them. In some of the blocks, the inmates take turns choosing the channel depending on the day. Groups of inmates that are housed in the same areas are assigned different days that they are in charge. The jail offers church services. A preacher comes in twice a week to meet with inmates, to preach, and to hand out free books and pamphlets.

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