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Mason County Jail

419 N 4th Street
Shelton, WA 98584
Phone: (360) 427-7753

Interview with Matthew

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Matthew: 40 days. I didn't find that out till the 22nd day they had me in lockup. I got a much longer sentence than people that get meth charges and the like.

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?
Matthew: When I was sentenced, I had been in the L Pod for a week, then K Pod for another two before they told me what the final answer was.

Life On the Inside
There is no such thing as a free ride and that holds true especially for inmates at the Mason County Jail. All inmates will be charged $35 per day for their time on the inside. The final bill has to be paid within 30 days of release or the matter will be turned over to a collection agency.

The jail can hold up to 110 inmates and there are two sections: the old and the new. In the old portion, the jail has the typical single cell arrangement while in the new area the inmates are living in pod or dorm type of settings. There are also two detoxification cells which allows for any new arrival to go through the detox process without causing trouble for the rest of the inmate population.

A special item on the breakfast menu is a sandwich dubbed the "Copkiller" because of its consistency that would allow you to throw it at a cop and knock them out. With food like that it is clear that the commissary is a popular option for many inmates as long as they have money on their accounts.

To keep occupied outside of the classes or other vocational training programs inmates can play cards or dominoes or read any of the (dated) paperbacks from the jail library.

Good Behavior Policy
Things to avoid at Mason County Jail: write ups or infractions. With those "blemishes" on the record an inmate won't be eligible for time off for good behavior. In this jail that could mean as much as a one third reduction which is why you want to stay out of trouble.

Visit and Telephone Policy
Upon arrival, an inmate can create a visitor's list with up to five people on that list. Each one of those persons will be required to go through a background check in order to be allowed into the facility. This list can be changed every 30 days.

Any visitor who is approved and shows up for a scheduled visit has to be properly dressed. This means nothing provocative that could get anyone "stirred up." The only time you can bring in money to deposit on a prisoner's account is during visiting hours.

There telephones made available for inmates to use during the day. These are for outgoing collect calls and all of the calls are monitored and recorded.

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