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Outagamie County Jail

320 South Walnut Street
Appleton, WI 54911-5918
(920) 832-5605

Interview with Nelson

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Nelson: I was in there for about a week. I wasn't sentenced to jail time though.

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: They didn't delouse me, which bothered me. My mom works in a prison and my understanding is that this is pretty standard procedure in corrections. They put me in a holding cell for 15-20 minutes to read over the rules of the jail. It was just a table and a couple of plastic chairs, the rules, no one else.

If you or someone you know is headed to Outagamie County Jail, you may be wondering what to expect. Going to jail can be stressful. While we can't promise that your time will be easy, having the right information can help you prepare for the experience.

We have interviewed former inmates of Outagamie County. They have shared what they know about life in this jail. Links to the left lead to these interviews. Take a few minutes to read their stories so you can know what to expect from day to day in Outagamie County Jail.

Passing the Time
One of the most challenging parts of being in jail is figuring out how to pass the time. Outagamie County provides inmates with television and playing cards. Former inmates report that the cards were already in the cell when they arrived. The jail also provides yoga classes every other day, which is unique in a jail setting. You can expect that you will probably not go outside much while you are serving your time in this jail.

Outagamie County provides the inmates with three meals per day. Unfortunately, the food isn't rated very highly. Former inmates have lost weight during their stay due to their unwillingness to eat the food. On a positive note, however, the jail serves cookies with dinner nearly every day. You can buy extra snacks off commissary if you have money on your books.

You can expect to wear a two piece orange jumpsuit, "tidy-whities" and a white tee to go under the orange shirt. When you are issued your clothing, you will generally be able to choose the size you want. You can also buy boxer briefs off of commissary if you prefer them over the jail issued underwear. The male and female inmates both wear the standard orange uniform.

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