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Whatcom County Jail

311 Grand Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-676-6848

Interview with edward, Joe and Beebs

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
edward: one time for eight days and three other times for two days
Joe: on a second dui i got 8 days in jail, 30 days in custody jail alternatives, and 90 days house arrest and about 9000 dollars in fines of all sorts
Beebs: 30 days

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?
edward: holding cells are horrible its basically a big open room meant for twenty guys but theres at least thirty the toilets are placed were everyone can see you same with the shower and it smells bad
Joe: not after sentencing but i have been in a few. and actual holding cells are just very small rooms with a built in concrete bench/bed and nothing else. the big 20 man rooms are actual tanks but are mainly used for fresh inmates before sending them to a cellblock.
Beebs: No I was taken straight back to my cell

Whatcom County Jail
Whatcom County Jail is located in Bellingham, Washington inside the Public Safety Building, near the Sheriff's Office. If you find yourself headed there for a short (or long) stay, we have information to help make the transition to life inside the jail as smooth as possible.

Jail Life
Life inside jail is much different from life outside, and it can be difficult if you're not prepared or you don't know what to expect. We have interviewed former inmates to provide you with accurate information about what jail is really like. They talk about the meals that are served, how to get along with other inmates, visiting hours, and more. For the Whatcom County Jail, it's important to note that visiting hours have changed. Due to budget cuts, inmates are allowed only one visit per week, 1 hour in length (it used to be 3x a week). Visitors must bring ID, and if visitors are under age 18, they must be accompanied by a parent (or guardian). As a warning, if you have a warrant out for your arrest, it's probably not a good idea to visit someone in jail, since background checks may be conducted. (Unless you want to join your friend behind bars!)

Prison Vs Jail
If this is your first experience with jails, it's important to know that there is a difference between prisons and jails. Jails are set up for minor and short-term offenses or are for people who are awaiting trial, while prisons are typically for people that were convicted of serious crimes and will be spending years behind bars.

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