Ottawa County Jail – Minneapolis, KS

Ottawa County Jail is located in Ottawa County, KS and is the main jail for this county. Do you know someone at Ottawa County Jail? This site will tell you information about anything a person needs to know about Ottawa County Jail,such as: Find an inmate at Ottawa County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And much, much more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family and friends. This guide is meant to offer information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, just ask them, and also any tips or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Ottawa County Jail
312 N. Ottawa
Minneapolis, KS 67467

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (785) 392-2157
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and want to contact them?

Do you know someone who has been arrested and you want to find them?

To find out who’s in jail at Ottawa County Jail you have to navigate to their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Ottawa County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find info for anyone who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information fast if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one might be at another jail you can look here, too: Kansas County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking photo, is the picture that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will be in the mugshot, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are online, or you can see them at the Ottawa County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to input the first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot erased from the Ottawa County Jail website? This is difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. You must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the many different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail is determined by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must promise to be there for your court date, and until that day you won’t be permitted to travel out of the county.

Typically, an inmate will be given time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will have to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you might be permitted to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your trial. Your bail amount is dictated by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will have to pay 10% of the amount that was determined before you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the Ottawa County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Ottawa County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it is very simple to do. First, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. They will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases charge a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in these cases request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Ottawa County

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full legal name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, please tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any tips that could help other people make it through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail may take anywhere from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get released. How quickly you get discharged might depend on if you have a bond amount or if the judge still needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a date of your release, you should expect to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, you really should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail, and tell an officer that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they find one, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring required items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will go in the visitation log for the inmate. Each visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so you should check the official site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are a lot more expensive than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, phone privileges might get cut back or totally denied.

The Ottawa County Jail phone number is: (785) 392-2157

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. Clearly write the name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t send a box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail is opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Ottawa County Jail is:

Ottawa County Jail
312 N. Ottawa
Minneapolis, KS 67467

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Ottawa County Jail
312 N. Ottawa
Minneapolis, KS 67467


The mail policy changes frequently, so you should visit the official website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, one of these is your right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to have a friend or relative locate an attorney for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated legal system in Ottawa County. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information on how to find a lawyer, click: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are admitted to the Kansas State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They contain a file with a docket sheet and each of the documents in your case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case using the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Ottawa County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents from your court case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Ottawa County magistrate is the person who presides over your case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about your background and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will review when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Bear in mind that you can ask to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do so, you will have to query the Ottawa County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Ottawa County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is in the public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders online, but bear in mind that you will not get the actual address, but only the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a court case file that includes a docket and all documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access court records online, or at the Ottawa County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal background. These databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to the Ottawa County Courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you generally will not be able to find out if that person had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you call the courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Ottawa County,the Ottawa County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Ottawa County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in Ottawa County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will settle into the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at about six in the morning, and then roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Ottawa County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Ottawa County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The procedure to send money to someone in jail can change, so we suggest that you double check the site when send money to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Ottawa County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Ottawa County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Ottawa County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated at this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Ottawa County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can include in your comment:

    • Conditions in Ottawa County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Click here to write your review of Ottawa County Jail

    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Speak Your Mind

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to say wassup to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Ottawa County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Ottawa County Jail Website
    Ottawa County Jail Inmate Search
    View Ottawa County Jail Mugshots
    Ottawa County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Ottawa County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Ottawa County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Ottawa County Jail Inmate Search
    Ottawa County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Ottawa County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Ottawa County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Ottawa County Jail


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Comments

  1. M. Rhett L. says:

    A $45 booking fee is required to be paid before release from the jail. So if you go to the OT county jail without at least $45 you will be staying even if you receive an Own Recognizance (OR) bond as I did on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 from the magistrate judge Mary Thrower.

    The information given on this webpage does not detail this fact, stating instead that if OR bonded one will be released within 30 minutes to a few hours. I received my OR bond on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 as stated but was not released from custody until 3 days later on Friday, July 22, 2016.

    There are some passive aggressive types running the jail, including jailers and some in the sheriff department. You may receive advice from inmates and jailers and it should be taken with a grain of salt; the info may be accurate or only partially accurate. Fellow inmates generally act as counselors and I have to say I kind of enjoyed their camaraderie. Conflict between inmates can and does happen; try to resolve the issue with the opposite inmate or pray for the strength to forgive them. Fighting may result in a longer stay at the Ottawa County Inn as I call it.

    Contact with the outside world requires a phone card or a friend who will accept a 15 minute phone call for $15. Only bondsmen ever accepted my collect calls, and one I called at B&K bondsmen out of Salina/Minneapolis told me I should be in jail because I could not access my funds to pay the $45 jail booking fee. Asinine. I could have given the bondsman my credit card number because I had it memorized but he hung up before I had the chance. If he had received my credit card info I would probably be charged at least $100 for him to come and pay my booking fee.

    I do not believe the booking fee payment is a legit reason to keep an inmate in jail, particularly if the inmate has no access to cash. They jail will not process a credit card and that is why I tried a bondsman. Apparently they can squeeze you indefinitely if they want. I consider it unjust and kidnapping, but the jailers and sheriff were not overly concerned with my opinion though some did sympathize.

    Generally the meals are nutritious and you won’t starve. Earplugs are very nice and assist one in sleeping greatly. Initially I used toilet paper for earplugs but be careful to leave enough out of the ear to pull it out. I had to have a jailer remove one of the improvised earplugs because it got buried too deeply and he said he would throw me in the hole if it happened again. Video cameras in the pod give the inmate some security and peace of mind.

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