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Waukesha County Jail

515 West Moreland Boulevard
Waukesha, WI 53188
(262) 548-7170

Interview with Sarah, Sandra and Lyle

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Sarah: 2 years jail 2 years probation
Sandra: 18 months incarceration and 2 years supervision
Lyle: Two and a half years in, and two and a half years parole.

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?
Sarah: yes. i was by myself
Sandra: I was taken back to my regular pod right after court sentencing. It was a four man pod because it was designed for prisoners who might be at risk of harm.
Lyle: Briefly, I spent time in a holding cell, before and after sentencing, then was taken back to general population in the County Jail, where I would wait to be transferred to prison.

Going to jail can be a scary experience. If you or someone you love will be spending time in Waukesha County Jail, you may be wondering what to expect. Having the right information can help to ease your anxiety and prepare you for day to day life in the jail.

We have interviewed former inmates of Waukesha County, and have compiled the following information based on their answers. Links to the left lead directly to the interviews, where you can learn what life is really like in Waukesha County Jail.

Passing the Time
One of the biggest challenges you may encounter is trying to prevent boredom while you serve your time. Waukesha County does provide some opportunities to help with this, but not a lot. They have a gym for inmates to use, and they also have TV's in the dayroom areas.

The jail also offers regular church services to the inmates. Inmates in Waukesha County report that they were never allowed to go outside during their stay.

Waukesha County serves three meals a day to inmates. Unfortunately, the food is not rated very highly. Former inmates have found it helpful to have money available on their books so they could supplement the food provided with snacks from canteen. If it is possible for you to have money on your books, it can make serving your time a little bit easier.

Phone Calls and Visits
Keeping in contact with loved ones on the outside is important to most people in jail. Waukesha County Jail has telephones available to the inmates to use. Phone calls are quite expensive, sometimes costing $15 per phone call.

Inmates are allowed visitors one time per week. Visits are held with a glass wall dividing the inmate and visitor, so there is no physical contact allowed.

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