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Wayne County Jail

7368 New York 31
Lyons, NY 14489-9101
(315) 946-9711

Interview with Tom and Abe

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Tom: 1 to 3 years for possession
Abe: Time served or about 6 months

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?
Tom: I was transferred to bullpen lock down waiting for transfer back to Wayne County.
Abe: I was always in the same place in the jail before and after sentencing. Pre and post sentenced inmates did not different areas of the facility. They were mixed in together.

If you or someone you love will be serving time in Wayne County Jail, you may be wondering what to expect. Going to jail can be a scary experience, but with the right information, you can be more prepared to deal with issues that arise.

We have interviewed former inmates of Wayne County to help prepare you for your stay. Information compiled below is based on what we learned from the former inmates. Links to the left will lead you directly to the interviews, where you can learn what life is really like in Wayne County Jail.

Early Release
To deal with the growing problem of overcrowding, many jails have programs in place to release inmates earlier than they are sentenced if they are well behaved. Wayne County allows inmates to receive up to 15% of their time for felonies and up to 25% of their time off for non-violent misdemeanors. To take advantage of the chance to get out early, you need to follow the rules and avoid all illegal behaviors.

Wayne County serves their inmates three meals a day. Unfortunately the food doesn't rate very highly with former inmates. The chicken dinner served on Sundays is a favorite meal, while the oatmeal served for breakfast isn't too impressive.

If you have money on your books you can order snacks off commissary once a week. If you are able to do this, it can make serving your time a little easier.

Medical Services
Former inmates report that the Wayne County medical staff is responsible and knowledgeable. If you have a controlled substance prescribed to you, the medical staff will administer it to you regularly and make sure that you swallow it. Inmates who are caught abusing substances during their incarceration will most likely incur additional criminal charges.

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