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Muskegon County Jail

Muskegon County Jail
25 W Walton Ave
Muskegon, MI 49442

Interview with Rob

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Rob: When I was sentenced I alrady had time in so he gave me time served and the ARM program

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?
Rob: After I got sentenced I was to be released that day but I had to wait until after shift change and my paperwork to be filed. I was taken to the annex to wait to be called.

If you have a friend or family member in the Muskegon County Jail in Michigan you are probably wondering what they are going through. Jail is never fun and MCJ is no exception but it is nice to know that each inmate can receive a visitor once a week and that they have regular access to telephones.

The Muskegon County Jail is one of the few jails that offers visitors a tour of the jail provided you contact them beforehand and schedule the appointment. This is a great chance to get to see what happens behind the scenes. With a capacity just under 400 units Muskegon is not the largest jail in the state (Macomb County Jail, for instance, houses up to 1,200 inmates at any given time) but sees a steady flow of pre-trial and sentenced inmates.

Receiving phone calls
All inmates in Muskegon County Jail must make collect calls. If you do not know an inmate in the jail but keep receiving annoying phone calls you can have a block put on your phone number (there have been scams across the country where inmates are able to game the phone systems so if you don't recognize the inmate's name or voice you shouldn't accept the phone call).

Who can visit somebody in jail?
An inmate can have two adults (defined as people over 12 years old) visit at a time and up to two children (the children must be the inmate's children). You will have thirty minutes to meet although some people report being granted extra time when there are not many visitors. You must call the jail to schedule an appointment before going and appointments are required to be booked at least 24 hours in advance.

When deciding whether to visit an inmate or not you should ask the inmate (over the phone or through the mail) what their preference is. While most inmates enjoy receiving visits it can have the opposite effect on others where they become more homesick and depressed. You also want to make sure that they are not planning on another visit which your visit could prevent them from having within a one-week period.

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