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Rock County Jail

200 E US Highway 14
Janesville, WI 53545-9601
(608) 757-8000

Interview with Erik

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Erik: 11 months in Rock County with a condition to do RECAP (drug treatment in jail) and complete it.

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?
Erik: I was in the holding cell for 4-6 hours. It sucked. There are a bunch of nasty ass people that have been in there for days detoxing. It got a lot worse when I got through booking though. This jail is a lot worse than Winnebago.

If you or somebody you know is heading to the Rock County Jail you probably want to know what to expect. The links on the left lead to interviews from ex-inmates of Rock County who share information about what life inside the jail is really like.

Jail Layout
There are 10 blocks in this jail. Seven of them house male inmates, and three are female. When you are first booked into jail, you are assigned to be in either A, B, C or D. Block A houses inmates with the most serious criminal offenses such as rape and murder. Block D houses those with minor offenses.

Further on in your stay, you may move upstairs to substance abuse treatment program called RECAP, the Trustee pod or work release.

Each block in this jail has a TV with about 6 basic channels. It can be difficult to have any say as to what you will watch because everyone in the section shares the TV. Inmates can buy playing cards off commissary, and playing cards is a popular pastime.

Inmates in this jail don't go outside unless they are trustees or on work release. Many of the inmates work out to pass a lot of the time, using their creativity to create weights out of water in trash bags, etc. Church services are offered once a week, but the whole block has to agree to the service. If one inmate in the block objects, the church service is not held.

Food in this jail is not rated very highly. Former inmates say it is very important to have money on your books so you can supplement the meals with items from commissary.

Phone Calls
Inmates are able to make phone calls only if someone on the outside prepays for them. The inmate needs a pin number from the phone service to be able to access the prepaid phone time. If you or someone you love is going to this jail, it would be important to find out the details on how to get this service and have it set up before they are booked. You can expect all calls in this jail to be monitored, so be careful that you don't say anything you wouldn't want jail staff to hear.

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