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St Louis County Jail

100 S Central Ave
Clayton, MO 63105-1732
(314) 615-5245

Interview with Christian and Claire

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Christian: 1 year in County Jail.
Claire: I was sentenced to 5yrs in prison for the first offence and I was sentenced to a year county time to be served in St. Louis County Jail the second time and I completed both sentences.

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?
Christian: Yes. It was boring because there wasn't anyone in there with me. I was in there overnight.
Claire: yes, after you are sentenced, you are sent back to the holding sell with the rest of the women waiting to either go into the court room or waiting to be transported back upstairs to the cells after being sentenced.

If you or someone you love is planning to spend some time in St. Louis County Jail, you may be wondering what to expect. Going to jail can be scary, especially if this is your first time. Having the right information won't necessarily make your time easy, but it can help you prepare for the experience.

We have interviewed former inmates of St. Louis County Jail, who have shared their experiences of what life is like on the inside. You can read their interviews by clicking the link to the left. Take a few minutes to read their stories, and find out what life is really like in St. Louis County Jail.

St. Louis County Jail serves inmates three meals per day. Former inmates don't have very positive things to say about the food. It is described as "astronaut food, but solid." It is not very flavorful. Some of the least favorites of former inmates are "dry bread, soybean burgers, and big nasty sausages."

The good news is that inmates who get a job and are assigned to work on the 8th floor often get to eat the same food that is served to employees, which is reportedly much better than the inmate food. Inmates can also order snacks from the commissary if they have money on their books.

Telephone Calls
Keeping in touch with family and friends on the outside is very important to most people who are incarcerated. In St. Louis County Jail, the inmates are allowed frequent access to phones. There are payphones, but unlike most other jails, there are also phones that can often be accessed by inmates that are free of charge.

Inmates can earn 15 minute phone cards to be used on the non-pay phones for working. This is a very rare opportunity compared to other jails, where phone calls are usually extremely pricey.

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