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Washington County Jail

15015 62nd Street North
Stillwater, MN 55082-6804
(651) 430-7900

Interview with Ralph and Alex

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Ralph: Five year probation. Overall, waiting for trial and other incidents I spent 153 days in Washington County.
Alex: I have not been sentenced yet. The most recent offer was 27 months in prison.

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?
Ralph: It was a really good inroduction into the jail experience. They had couple of phones and TV. Wasn't that bad.
Alex: I have spent time in the intake room and the main population also. Intake is fine although a long process but there is TV available to watch while waiting to be booked.

Washington County Jail in Minnesota allows inmates one day off for every two days served. Find out what it takes to earn your time off and avoid trouble in WCJ.

Good behavior
To keep from overcrowding in the jail and give inmates an incentive to follow the rules the jail offers one day off for every two days served. This can really add up - this means that if you avoid gambling, fighting and talking back to CO's (as well as any other jail rules) you will only serve eight months on a one-year service.

Getting along with other inmates is vital to ensuring you avoid trouble behind bars. The best rule of thumb when it comes to dealing with other inmates is that you always show respect to those around you. If you haven't lived in a corrections environment before you should keep to yourself while you learn the social dynamics withing the jail.

Food is never very good in jail. If you know somebody going to the Washington County Jail you can really help them out by putting a few dollars on their books which will allow them to buy food off of canteen. The food still isn't anything fancy but you would be amazed how good a bowl of Ramen sounds after a few jailhouse meals.

If you require medications they should be provided within the jail. Keep in mind that some prescriptions will be denied if the jail determines them unnecessary - it is very uncommon, for instance, to receive a pain pill within the jail unless you have just had surgery (and even then some inmates report that they can only get Ibuprofen).

A nurse will come by at night and hand out over-the-counter medications. You shouldn't have a problem getting things like Tylenol, Aspirin or Ibuprofen. Inmates who are caught "cheeking their meds" (hiding them in their mouths so they can use them or sell them later) can be locked down or even given new charges.

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