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Why You Don't Want To Spend the Night in Jail

Last updated 6 years ago

If you are arrested for certain crimes, regardless of your guilt, you will be held in jail at least overnight unless you post bail. Although posting bail may seem expensive, it’s a much better choice than spending the night in jail.

  • Poor living conditions: Your cell is no hotel room—you’ll get a metal bunk bed and a multipurpose toilet/sink, which is right out in the open. A cell camera will observe you throughout your stay. The pillow is built into the mattress, and you will be given one sheet, one blanket, and a roll of toilet paper. The florescent lights never go down—they are just dimmed very slightly. In some jails, the TVs are turned on at 6 am and stay on until 3 am. Jail cell occupants often average about three hours of sleep.
  • Unpleasant food: When you stay the night in jail, your food will be bland and unpleasant. A sample jail breakfast consists of a slice of turkey bologna, cream of wheat, scrambled eggs, and coffee cake. A sample dinner includes turkey and noodles, coleslaw, navy beans, and cornbread. If you’re vegetarian, vegan, or have other dietary restrictions, you may not be presented with alternatives.
  • Confinement: Many jails don’t have an exercise yard, and you’ll spend the overwhelming majority of your time in your cell. Since your belongings will be taken from you when you are booked, there is not much to do but pace, watch whatever channel the TV is tuned to, or stare at the wall.

If you need help posting bail, 24 Seven Bail Bonds can help. Call us at (732) 418-2245 any time, day or night, and we’ll help you though the process.


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