posted on Oct, 6 2009 @ 10:24 PM
I spent a day at the county jail talking to guards and inmates as part of my research for a book I'm working on. Here's what I learned that pertains
to your situation:
If you can't get house arrest volunteer to work as a trustee. Some county jails will give you 3 for 1 time for working as a trustee if you stay out
Make sure you have money (cash) on you when you check in and have it put on your account. You can survive on the extra food you buy, the jail food
sucks and you will lose weight if you only eat the jail diet. Sometimes they won't let you use cash on your person or will delay it so have someone
on the outside ready to put money on your account for you.
I talked to a guy who was locked up in Houston County when a tropical storm flooded the entire city for a couple of weeks. He said as things got worse
the guards started leaving (the downtown area flooded pretty quick) and then no one showed up for work.
For three days there was no power, no water and everyone was locked in the cells. A single guard managed to get there and dragged a giant trash bag of
juice and snacks around and passed out bottled water (we're taking about a jail that's 10 floors high and overcrowded).
Some in mates got out of the pods and ran around, set mattresses on fire and broke into some stuff but they couldn't get anywhere other than the
common areas around the cells on that floor. Everyone on the floors where inmates broke out of the cells got hit with escape charges later.
Eventually (7 days after the storm) emergency workers and then police showed up but in the meantime the inmates had to deal with no food, nothing to
drink but the water and juice the one guard brought them and backed up toilets, stifling heat, etc.
There were quite a few assaults and more than a few deaths, some from lack of medication and others from violence.
The minimum security trustees were left with open cell doors and access to the kitchens, another reason to sign up for work. The guards treat trustees
better, feed them better, give them clean clothes and shoes and some even interact with them like normal people. Having a job helps pass the time, the
worst thing about jail is the way time stands still.
[edit on 6-10-2009 by ecoparity]