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Washoe County Jail

911 Parr Boulevard
Reno, NV 89512
(775) 328-3001

Interview with Allie and Jason

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Allie: My sentence was 1-4 years in prison and/or $5000 fine, and it was suspended to 1-5 years of probation.
Jason: 120 days county time in full

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?
Allie: No, I was in a large waiting area. I had access to the phones and peanut butter sandwiches. I sat in a room with a bunch of chairs with other people. While you are there you get booked in, get jail clothes and they take all your stuff. Then they take you to the unit you will live in. You go to an area for about 4 days where you are medically cleared to go to general population.
Jason: no i did not i was sitting in a room the whole time and immediatly afterwards me and the other man i was with were brung to the van and transported to the county jail.

If you or someone you know is headed to Washoe 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 can help you prepare for the experience.

We have interviewed former inmates of Washoe County, and they have shared their inside knowledge about life in this jail. Links to the left lead to these interviews. Take a few minutes to read their stories so you can know what to expect from day to day in Washoe County Jail.

Washoe County provides three meals per day to the inmates. Unfortunately, the food doesn't rate very highly. Breakfast is typically the best meal of the day, and is usually oatmeal or cream of wheat with a banana.

One of the foods inmates dislike the most is what many refer to as the "cat food sandwich" served at lunch. It is described as a bunch of things chopped up and mixed with mayo and mustard and made into a sandwich. Former inmates recommend making sure you have money on your books so you can buy snacks off commissary to supplement the food served by the jail.

Female inmates wear gray pants that look similar to denim but are a different type of fabric. All inmates wear t-shirts but the colors differ depending on how you are classified. One former inmate recommends that when you are being issue clothing, try to get in the front of the line and get new underwear.

Passing the Time
Washoe County Jail provides books to inmates to help pass the time. Each living area has a book cart that gets different books rotated on a regular basis. In some areas of the jail, inmates are able to go outside on a daily basis. Inmates can also order items of commissary to help pass the time, such as colored pencils.

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