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Douglas County Jail
710 South 17th Street
Allyson: 120 days (6 months)... I had already done 4 months at the time I was sentenced, and I was released on recognizance and I was able to stay in treatment and get a job.
Eric: One year and one day in Nebraska State Department of Corrections
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?
Allyson: Arrestees used to be held in Bedrock, the holding cell below the police station. It is dirty and they don't let you get clean or anything. Felons are put in a different section, and I was put in that section. The sewers backed up into the room while I was there. Bedrock was closed the year after I was there. The police had someone die in custody because of the health problems they weren't paying attention to. They moved holding over to the actual Douglas County Jail. Now you are processed and put into the main jail right away.
Eric: No, I returned to my original module for about three days then the transport came to get me I believe it was on a Saturday. Then I and about 6 other inmates sat in the holding cell for hours.
If you or someone you know is heading to Douglas County Jail, you might wonder what to expect once you get there. Going to jail can be a scary experience, especially if this is your first time.
Having the right information can help you prepare for your time, and help you feel better able to handle what is coming. We have interviewed former inmates of the Douglas County Jail, who have shared the inside scoop on everything from how visits work, how to get along with other inmates, and what to expect at mealtime.
Links to the left will lead you directly to these interviews. Take a few minutes to read the stories of others, so you can get a better understanding of what life is really like in the Douglas County Jail.
Douglas County Jail provides three meals a day to inmates. Former inmates report that the food is pretty good. They serve real potatoes, and often provide desserts like cookies and cake. The jail will sometimes inmates a special treat on holidays such as popcorn.
Although the food is pretty good in general, ex-inmates report that the meat is pretty bland because they don't use any pork. You can order items of commissary such as candy bars, but they are pretty expensive and you have to have money on your books to do this.
Passing the Time
One of the biggest challenges of serving time is the boredom that can come with having little or nothing to do. Douglas County offers many activities to the inmates to alleviate boredom, and to help rehabilitate those who want help. The jail offers counseling and religious classes.
If you want help getting over an addiction, you will find it in this jail. There is a strong emphasis on helping you overcome the problems that brought you into jail. Former inmates recommend that you make good use of your time and take advantage of this opportunity to improve your situation.
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