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York County Prison

YORK, PA 17402
Phone 717.840.7580

Interview with Lola, Eve, Pat, Peter, Al, Trevor and Camille

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Lola: 6-23 months. I did 5 months jail time, and probation until my fines were paid off. Essentially, I was on probation until 2003.
Eve: I was sentenced to 15 days for a fine I owed (around $500). I was also awaiting my preliminary hearing, which the dummy date was set for 1 week after arrest, then changed to 3 weeks later, then cancelled with "no known date". I bailed myself out and am still awaiting my preliminary hearing.
Pat: twice within the same yr 6 months at a time
Peter: my sentencing was for 14 days each count but ran consecutive I ended up doing 28 days in.
Al: i received 6 months with good time
Trevor: 8 days total for the fines, awaiting court for the theft
Camille: Because I enrolled, voluntarily, in the drug court program, I was not given a sentence. I sat in jail on three separate occasions: once for two months, next for one month and finally two days. When I dropped out of drug court, my sentence was for two years probation.

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?
Lola: Did not go to sentencing, plea bargain.
Eve: No, but everyone goes into the holding cell at first until they are taken to Pre-Class or back to their block if they are coming from court.
Pat: all i wanted was to get back a laydown instead of waiting that cold uncomfortable cell for every one to get done
Peter: Yes it was known as the "Bull Pen" in the court house, very small room with about 11 of us ready for transport to the prison. This was after being put in front of the Judge for the Bench Warrant, then sent to YCP.
Al: yes i spent hours in a holding cell with other prisoners. if you didnt make it back for luch then you were given peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch
Trevor: the holding cell at the court house was ok. the guards there were informative and supportive. the holding cells at the jail/prison are the same as the rest of the jail, don't don't care about you just getting their job done cuz they really don't wanna be there.
Camille: I did spend time in a holding cell on four separate occasions. It was difficult. I sat in the cell with other women who came and stayed. I wasn't allowed to be transported to York County Prison unless there was a trip being made in that direction. Once, I sat in the holding cell 24 hours. We were given peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to eat for lunch and dinner, with a small container of tea. No water was available to drink. We shared the toilet in the holding cell with minimal privacy. The women's holding cell was across the hallway from several men's holding cells. But, we were directly across from the guards' station.

York County Jail, also known as York County Prison, is located at 3400 Concord Road in York, Pennsylvania. If you or a loved one are unfortunate enough to be headed (or currently incarcerated) there, we have some information that may prove valuable to you.

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