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720 Bosley Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21204
(410) 512-3200

Interview with Jennifer, Robert, Kathleen, Holly, Damon and Wade

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Jennifer: I served 3 weeks in jail and all together for all the charges I served around 2-3 months in jail. I'm currently doing weekends.
Robert: I got found guilty of it they gave me 2 months in jail. I appealed it and got out of jail and then went infront of another judge and was found not guilty.
Kathleen: 18 months but I ended up only doing 90 days out of the 18 months
Holly: My sentance was 6 months but she suspended 5 months and 20 days.
Damon: 1 year and a half of probation although I spent almost 7 months in the facility. you take a bunch of alpha males
Wade: No sentence was given, instead an 18 month supervised probation period was handed alongside the probation before judgement decision.

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?
Jennifer: Yes I spent time in a holding cell afterwards. I was in the holding cell for about 2-3 hours waiting for everyones court to be done. It is very cold in the holding cell and very dirty. the bench is little so not alot of people can sit on them and sometimes you have to sit on the dirty floor.
Robert: yes I spent time in the holding cell afterwards. they had no seats in there and they didnt give me any food until I got to the jail. it was also crowded and dirty.
Kathleen: Yes I did and I wasn't in the holding cell very long. As soon as I got processed and gave up all my belongings I got put in a holding cell for no longer then an hour then I was put into the escort wagon.
Holly: Yes I did spend time in a holding cell after sentancing until they could transport me to jail it was crazy I was in the cell for hours I had to wait till court was over to go I was sentanced at 11 so from then till like 8p.m I was in the holding cell no food no water nothing.and it smelled like urine I was the only female it was hell.
Damon: I spent alot of time in holding cells. they're dark , dirty , uncomfortable and crowded. a holding g cell is your worst idea of jail , you and 15 pissed off strangers all locked in 1 big cell.
Wade: Again, my time spent in a cell was for VOP which was technically after what is traditionally considered sentencing, but at the same time I was not conventionally sentenced to anything. But sitting in a jil cell for a full day was very disturbing when being arrested for a driving related crime, as someone with no prior record it was extremely disenfranchising to face the possibility of being held without bail on such charges.

Located in Townson, Maryland the original Baltimore County Jail was built in 1854 and was a small stone structure that housed less than 50 prisoners and was used as a correctional facility until 2006. The first jailhouse was built to look like a fortess and contained a separate building at it's entrence which was reserved as a residence for the warden and his family. This building still stands today and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The second county jail was built on the same property in 1955. This building was originally intended as a county administrative building but was converted into a jail house do to an increase in the number of inmates. As jail space demand increased over time, so to did the county correctional campus. With an annex expansion in 1975 and another upgrade in 1982. With the 1982 addition it was planned to shut down the 1955 building but as population grew so did the demand for inmate housing. In an attempt to curb overpopulation of the facility more inmates were put into work release programs which allowed more space to open up for inmates convicted of higher crimes.

The modern correctional facility that has been built on adjacent lots was first established in 1993 and was named the Baltimore County Correctional Facility. However once again do to increasing needs for space to house inmates a brand new facility, that cost $77million to construct, was opened in 2006. The new state-of-art campus has a capacity of up to 1500 inmates. While the new facility splits the prison into two housing unites consolidating all of the inmates into one campus made it more efficient to secure and monitor lawbreakers and keep them separated from the community.

More recently the Baltimore County Correctional facility has been recognized for it's innovative program called the Turning Pages Family Reading Club which allows fathers who are imprisoned to read to their children once a week. Studies show that this not only strengthens the bond between the father and the child but, the children actually begin to preform better in school after participating in the program. Similar programs are beginning to take shape in correctional facilities across the country.

Visiting Hours
Visiting hours for those residing in the Kenilworth Housing Units are Tues - Sun: 9am-10pm Excluding Wed mornings 9am-10:30am and Wed evenings 9-10pm.

Visiting hours for those residing in the Bosley Housing Units are available all seven days of the week from 9am-10pm.

Each prisoner is allowed three 30 minute visits per week. Those wishing to visit an inmate must register and sign in 15 minutes prior to your scheduled visit. Additionally all visitors must present a valid government issued photo ID. If a vistor can not be positively identified they will be denied.

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