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Scott County Jail

301 Fuller Street South
Shakopee, MN 55379-1322
Phone: (952) 496-8327

Interview with Austin

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Austin: I spent 45 days in lock up and got bailed out. I'm not waiting my trial.

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?
Austin: No. Went right from arrest to Scott county.

Whether you are planning to spend some time in Scott County Jail or you are just curious about what life is like on the inside, you have come to the right place to get information. We have interviewed former inmates who have shared their experiences during incarceration, with topics ranging from what the food is like to their court experiences.

You can access the interviews by clicking on links to the left. Going to jail can be scary, but having the right information can help you feel more prepared for the experience. Take a few minutes to read the stories of others, and learn what life is really like inside Scott County Jail.

Getting Along
It can be difficult living with complete strangers for an extended period of time, especially when it is forced on you. In Scott County Jail, if you want to avoid problems with other inmates, it is necessary for you to be willing to swallow your pride. Other inmates will say things to you that you have to let pass, or you will end up in fights.

There is a lot of racial tension in this jail. In the cafeteria, the whites sit with the whites and the blacks sit with blacks. If you don't get along with your cell mate, you can ask for a cell transfer and there is a good chance you might get one.

Telephones and Visits
Keeping in touch with family and friends on the outside is a high priority for most inmates. Scott County Jail provides regular access to phones, but there are only two in each pod which means there is usually a line. Inmates can buy phone cards which cost about 50 cents per minute of phone time. Before you make a call, you will be notified that your calls are being monitored.

Inmates are allowed 2-3 visits per week. Visits are held via video monitor. There is no privacy during these visits, as the visitor can see the entire pod behind the inmate in the video, and the inmate can see everything going on around the visitor.

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