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Marion County Jail

730 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3963
(317) 266-0882

Interview with Ted, Lisa, Tania and Thomas

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Ted: I got 529 days with 40 days executed and the rest probation. I was in jail for about 40 days.
Lisa: i was in jai for 1 yrs
Tania: six years with three years suspended. three years on home detention with two do one. so a year and a half on home detention with three years probation after home detention was completed
Thomas: One year Salvation Army Probation and all it entails which is to such ridiculous standards the average individual doe;s not make it and ends up back in court for violation. What Salvation Army has to do with the justice system other than making money I can not understand.

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?
Ted: Yes. It was uncomfortable. You have to sit up in chairs all night. I was in there overnight, from about 8:30pm- 7 or 8 the next morning. It was really a small waiting room, not a cell. There were cells in there but there were chairs out in the middle where I got processed.
Lisa: yes was in holding cell was sad and cold and loud and mean and sound like death and mental xrazy and ready to go and relax somewgere on aland somewhere alse
Tania: i was released that day. transported back to jail where i was processed out a couple hours later to be hooked up to home detention no more than two weeks later
Thomas: holding cells are always packed to compasity and all individuals are shackled the whole time. freezing cold and nothing to do no books, magazines, TV, radio, just sit and sit and you may be there frommorning 8;00am to 4:00 or 5:00pm.

If you or someone you love is headed to Marion County Jail, you may be wondering what to expect. Going to jail can be scary, especially if this is your first time. Having the right information won't necessarily make your time easy, but it can help you prepare for the experience.

We have interviewed former inmates of Marion County Jail, who have shared their experiences from the inside. Their actual interviews can be accessed by clicking the link to the left. Take a few minutes to read their stories, and find out what life is really like inside Marion County Jail.

Marion County Jail serves inmates three meals per day. The food itself is rated as being OK, but the portions were too small. The jail doesn't serve any snacks outside of meals. Inmates can order snacks off commissary, but to do that you have to have money on your account, or "books."

If you know ahead of time that you will be in jail, you might want to try to make sure you will have money available to you while you serve your time. Otherwise you might feel hungry a lot of the time during your stay.

When you are processed into the jail, you will surrender your own clothing and be issued jail garb. This jail gives each inmate two uniforms. One is two pieces and the other is a one piece jumpsuit. The inmates in general population wear orange, while those who have earned the status of trustee wear blue or khaki (depending on which site you are housed in).

Former inmates report that the jail is always cold, and most people try to buy long johns off commissary. Again, try to make sure you will have access to money for items like this. It can make your time a lot more comfortable.

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