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Upshur County Jail

405 North Titus
Gilmer, TX 75644
(903) 843-2541

Interview with castly and Sarah

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
castly: I was sentenced for a year to eighteen months for supposidly committing a felony. This sentence was to be carried out for the duration of the time frame involved. They told me that I was not to be released early as the sentence was firm in judgement. It was explained by me that if there were an early release that it would be decided by the court and was totally reliant of good conduct. They also explained that the facility was currently full to capacity and that a early release could be upheld due to over crowded conditions.
Sarah: i got sentenced to 4 years on 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?
castly: Yes. Immediately after sentencing was brought forward, I was confined for a period of three weeks within the holding compartments at Upshur county. This place was dump and the condition of all aspects of this place was similar to that of a pig pen. I mean the employees were rude and smelled of a foul oder almost all the time. There was one guard that would walk around with a fifth of vodka. He was drunk more than he was sober. The food was rotten and did not satisfy the appetite of no one. I literally feared for my life while I was there.
Sarah: yes. actually back then i was the youngest female in upshur county so everyone was realy nice tryin to take care of me. actually that is what made my time a lot easier and maby the reason i kept returning to jail because in a sick way i felt that that is where i was taken care of the best

If you or someone you know will be spending some time in the Upshur County Jail, you might be wondering what to expect. Life behind bars can be difficult, but with the right information, you can feel more prepared for the experience.

We have interviewed former inmates of Upshur County Jail, and compiled the information they have shared. Links to the left lead to the actual interviews, while information below summarizes some of the information the former inmates shared in their interviews. Take a few minutes to read through their stories and find out what life in Upshur County Jail is really like.

At some time in the process of your case, you will most likely have to appear in court. If you can't afford to hire a private attorney, the court may appoint a public defender to you.

Many people worry that they won't be adequately represented by an overworked, underpaid court appointed attorney. However, former inmates have expressed that they received adequate time and attention from public defenders while they were going through their court proceedings in this Upshur County.

Telephone Calls and Visitation
Keeping in touch with loved ones on the outside is very important to most inmates. Upshur County Jail has telephones that are easily accessible on a regular basis. Calls can only be made collect. These calls can be quite expensive for the receiver of the call, sometimes up to twice the amount of a normal collect call.

The jail also allows family and friends to visit inmates twice a week. Some visits are held with the inmate and visitor in the same room, and others are held with a glass wall dividing them. Visitors are not allowed to bring anything for the inmate, including food. The visits are closely supervised by jail staff, and you should expect that phone calls are also monitored.

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