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Logan County Jail

911 Pekin St
Lincoln, IL 62656-2851
(217) 732-4159

Interview with Jessica and Cassie

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Jessica: 180 days. I would serve 120 day for day and the other 60 days was stayed meaning if I got in trouble I would have to serve the rest of that time and I did so I served 60 days day for day and with the good time that the jail gave me I done 50 days and 25 days.
Cassie: 3days 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?
Jessica: No I did not.
Cassie: no bt when I was arrested and taken to jail I spend 7 freaking hours in the holding cell because the CO's was too busy messing around on the internet,joking, wastching T.V. and whe the next shift came the one C.O was texting on her cell phone. And I gave them no reason to keep me in the holding cell that long. I am 4months pregnant and I was being very calm and respectfull to them even after being in the holding cell that long and they were very rud!

Life On the Inside
As it should be, an inmates life inside is full of restrictions. In other words, there isn't a lot to do to occupy the 24 hours of their day. At Logan County Jail inmates can either watch TV, play cards, write letters, read or sleep. Depending on which dorm you were housed would determine your level of "comfort."

Some cell blocks have more open space for common rooms. Others have showers with open stalls and cold water. You placement has less to do with a "luck of the draw" and more about what you were sentence for and if you have a history of making trouble in jail.

Although going to meals can take up time this is not something any inmate would look forward to according to former inmates of Logan County Jail. Breakfast was an egg sandwich or oatmeal. Lunch was some form of hot meal. Dinner was simply a cold sandwich. That was the routine every day, seven days a week. Inmates can order food items from the commissary. They just need to have money deposited in the account.

Good Behavior Policy
At Logan County an inmate can receive anywhere between 5 to 10 days off for every 30 days served. In order to get the maximum amount off you have to follow every order of the guards from cleaning your cell to doing your laundry. This is not a democracy or vacation!

Visitor and Telephone Policy
An inmate can have 30 minute visit each week on Wednesday or Sunday. The environment is a row of stools separated by glass windows. Inmates and visitors talk between holes cut into the glass like a bank teller's window. Every visitor must present an up to date photo ID card in order to gain entrance into the jail. They also have to dress appropriately. Think more of going to church than a nightclub.

Phones are turned on for the inmates to use between 6 in the morning and 10 at night. Inmates can buy prepaid phone cards to make the outgoing call connections.

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