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Tom Green County Jail
122 West Harris Avenue
Zach: 18 months
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?
Zach: no...back to main jail
If you are headed to serve some time in the Tom Green County Jail, or if you know someone getting ready to do so, you might be wondering what life is really like on the inside. Going to jail can be scary, especially if you have never been there before.
The more information you have before going in, the better prepared you will be to serve your time. The following information is based on interviews with former inmates of the Tom Green County Jail. To the left are links to the full interviews. Take a minute to read their stories and find out what you can expect as you serve your time.
Tom Green County Jail has telephones available to its inmates on a regular basis. There is generally one phone per "tank" of inmates, and there is usually a line to use the phone. Calling collect is the only way to place a call from this jail. The calls can end up being very expensive, sometimes $10 per call. You can also expect that your calls will be screened and monitored by the jail.
The food in the Tom Green County Jail rates at about a 5 on a scale of 1-10. Former inmates say that some days the food was pretty good, and other days it was bad. Burger day and pancake day are two favorites of the inmates. If you hold a position as a Trustee, you will get bigger portions of food, so this might be something to aim for as you serve your time.
Passing the Time
One of the most difficult things about serving time is figuring out how to pass the time. In Tom Green, the jail has some activities that will help. The jail has a rec yard on the roof; basically this is a room enclosed with cement. Inmates often try to take a tennis ball to the yard with them so they can play "wall ball" which is similar to handball.
The jail also provides television to the inmates, but TV's are shared by large groups and competition is fierce. If you are worried about staying in shape while you are there, you will find that the inmates have figured out creative ways to work out. One idea is to fill empty plastic soda bottles with water and wrap them inside a knotted t-shirt, to simulate a weight for curls.
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