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Winnebago County Jail

650 West State Street
Rockford, IL 61102

Interview with Cody and Nicole

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Cody: I haven't been sentenced. I was in jail from Dec 19 to St Patricks day waiting to be bailed out.
Nicole: I did not get any sentencing. I was given court supervision for 72 months.

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?
Cody: Yes. I didn't like it at all. Just being in the cell with all these criminals around me, I didn't want to be in this place at all. The beds are uncomfortable and they leave the lights on all night.
Nicole: After my sentencing, I did not spend any time in a holding cell, however, before my sentencing, I was in a holding cell and later put onto the deck. It was very boring. I was locked in a cell for the majority of the day with another individual in a very small, cold space.

If you or somebody you know is heading to the Winnebago County Jail you probably want to know what to expect. The links on the left lead to interviews from ex-inmates of Winnebago County who share information about what life inside the jail is really like.

Getting Along With Other Inmates
Spending time in close quarters with a lot of other inmates can be difficult. There are bound to be conflicts, disagreements, and things that annoy you about the other people. In this jail, one former inmate shared that the way he avoided conflict was to sleep during the day and stay awake at night.

Most jails won't allow inmates to sleep all day, so if you think you might have a hard time getting along with others, you may want to take advantage of being able to do this in the Winnebago County Jail. It has also been the experience of some ex-inmates that they were able to have their request granted regarding who their cellmate would be. Don't be demanding, but it doesn't hurt to feel out the guards and ask in an appropriate way if there is someone you think you could successfully share a cell with.

Facility Type
There are 4 floors in this jail, with 8 pods on each floor. The pods are named by floor number followed by a letter. For example, pod 4-B would be the 4th floor, B pod.

This jail only houses pre-trial inmates. This means that you will only be incarcerated in Winnebago County Jail if you are not serving a sentence. The only ways to get released from this jail are to bail out or have your charges dropped.

Inmates are allowed liberal access to an exercise room that is basically just an empty room. Inmates do a lot of weight training using their own body weight (such as push ups) and running in this room.

The jail has crossword puzzles and Sudoku available to inmates. In order to access these puzzles, you have to ask a correctional officer a day in advance to print you copies. Each pod has a TV, and majority rules when it comes to choosing a channel to watch. The only time inmates go outside is if they have to go to court across the street.

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