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Fayette County Jail

150 N Limestone # 265
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 252-1771

Interview with Karl, Lisa, Zach, Kelly, Jeff, Maurice, Jose and Ken

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Karl: about two monthes or so
Lisa: 8 days incarceration
Zach: my sentence was 12 mo the time was probated
Kelly: my sentence was for 30 days
Jeff: I was sentenced to ten years.
Maurice: 6 mounths on on on
Jose: 180 days not including the 9 days awaiting trial
Kelly: I was sentenced to four years.
Ken: I recieved five years for each offence . They where ran consecutive for a total of ten years.

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?
Karl: no
Lisa: no
Zach: yes I was in a holding cell for three days it was bad I didn't like it at all no human contact lol they bring your food and put it thru the door and it wasint much food at all
Kelly: Yes the holding cells were very cold and dirty there was no toilet paper and if you needed some ones assistance for anything it was very hard to get some one.
Jeff: No after my sentencing all that I remember them doing is taking me back to the jail and I returned to my cell as normal and didn't inform me of the next part in the process.
Maurice: Yes it was very bad i couldnt stand most the people there or how it was run but i have been in as lot worse then the holding at fayette county
Jose: yes i stayed there for about 4 hours at first it was ok until they continued to overpack it so barely any one could move or take a seat plus they always delayed our sack dinnrs
Kelly: I went back to the jail to my current cell. I was ordered to go to drug rehab before I could get out of jail, so I had to wait for that.
Ken: Do to me being IBP I was placed in a cell of my own and then transported back to the detention center. Its hard to explain the feelings that go through your head at that time. I mean I knew that the next ten years of my life would be spent in a state prison if I didnt make parole. The officers was nice to me due to the situation , everybody though I was going to flip out. I just took it on the chin and went about my day.

Life On The Inside
If you should find yourself serving out a sentence in the Fayette County Jail there's a strong chance you're going to also find yourself put to work cleaning up the county. Back in 2005, the Sheriff's office started an inmate labor program.

This is not about making license plates or building furniture. Instead, work crews are dispatched from the jail to provide major clean up for vandalized property. This has meant the removal of over 4,000 graffiti "artwork" from schools, churches and other buildings. It's a safe bet that some of the actual taggers found themselves painting over their creations. The inmates also pitched in for loading emergency supplies for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

Layout of the Fayette County Jail
Back in the jail, most inmates are housed in open units that have 12 beds per room and 8 rooms per unit. For those inmates who have caused more problems there are isolation cells provided for them to have an extended "time out."

To keep busy between work sessions, the inmates have access to board games, cards and a television where majority rules when it comes to picking a program. As for the meals, the Mexican night was given high marks while being "sandwiched to death" was not very appetizing. There is a canteen available for inmates to purchase other snacks or sodas.

Good Behavior Policy
The good behavior policy in Kentucky provides for 3 months being taken off each year of a sentence. For sentences less than a year, the time is calculated accordingly. Any inmate who was convicted of a violent offense will have to serve out at least 85% of their sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

Visitor and Phone Policy
Inmates are granted visiting privileges throughout the week. They will have to list the visitors they want to schedule an appointment with. The visiting environment is the typical jail house situation of a glass partition with speaking holes in the glass like you would find in a bank. This doesn't make for the best situation as you often have to talk very loudly to be heard.

For phone calls, inmates are allowed to use the phones in their units provided that everyone has cleaned up their cells and has stayed out of trouble. The connection cost for each collect call is $2.

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