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Franklin County Jail

2460 Jackson Pike
Columbus, OH 43223-3897
(614) 525-7100

Interview with Nelson, Chris and Brad

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Nelson: I was sentenced to 5 years probation. Me being in jail while I was waiting for my sentence, it helped with the plea thing.
Chris: 30 days and 18 months
Brad: 2 years with Probation pending

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?
Nelson: Yes, I was in a holding cell. That was horrible, horrible, horrible. You sit on a metal slab. It's small, crampy. Sometimes there were 3 other guys in there. You get 2 bologna sandwiches. Its cold, uncomfortable. You aren't given any extra clothing.
Chris: Yeah, 12 hours. During this time they are basically determining what needs to be done with you and where you are going to go. In other words what bus you are riding out on.
Brad: Yes you spend all day in a holding cell the day of courtthey bring you two bologna sandwiches for the whole day and if you have court at 8am your likely to get pod about 6pm

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

We have interviewed former inmates of Franklin 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 the Franklin County Jail.

Telephone Calls
Keeping in touch with family and friends on the outside is very important to most people who are incarcerated. In Franklin County Jail, the inmates are allowed access to telephones 24 hours a day. To make a call, someone on the outside has to set up an account with a phone service, and have money available on their account to pay for calls. If you don't have anyone on the outside to set up the account, you can't make phone calls while you are incarcerated.

When inmates are processed into the jail, they are issued a set of jail clothing, consisting of khaki pants and a short sleeved v neck top. The color of the top varies depending on how inmates are classified.

If you need any other items of clothing to keep you warm, your family can send in extra t-shirts and underwear. These items are not available to buy in the jail. It is also helpful to know that many inmates miss laundry call often because it is held early in the morning. It is very common for inmates to take their clothes in the shower and wash them by hand when they miss their allotted laundry time.

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