I am just writing to tell my story about Tent City. I served 15 days in tent city for DUI. I started my sentence there on a Saturday at 12:30p.m. When I got to the self surrender gate to check into the jail the signs read that they check people in on the hour every hour.
So I sat there for 2 hours in the sun until the officer came out and said "they where having trouble with there computers so everyone can wait out front or go get something to eat". I thought to myself wow I'm getting time served for sitting out front and doing nothing! So finally 7:00p.m. rolls around and they let us in.
We get into the jail and they search us then put us in a holding cell made to fit maybe 6 people at the most. So 15 of us sat in this cell for 8 hours with no air condtioning until one of the gaurds moved us to another cell up front where they do the booking. We spent the rest of the time in this cell until Sunday at 3:00 the afternoon. That little cell went from 15 of us to sometimes I counted 24 of us sweating are asses off in there. We had to take turns standing in the center of this cell so others could rest their legs for awhile. They also fed us nothing while we were in there.
This is one of the worst hells I went thru so far in that jail. Sometimes I thought I was going to pass out from the heat generated from our bodies in that little cell. Finally they booked most of us and sent us down to the tents. It was such a relief to get out of the hole and into the tents.
I was on work release monday thru friday 12 in 12 hours out. Weekdays weren't bad except if they called your release time to come up to the office and they would give you some stupid job like trash duty or pulling weeds in some yard just to make you miserable. If you wouldn't do it they wouldn't let you leave for work on time.
The tents are joke. I had access to anything I wanted. Cigarettes, Illegal drugs, pain killers, anything. Its the most lax jail in the country, not the toughest. The food was horrible! Mashed potato's with some kind of lard for dinner. Breakfast and lunch are served together. It is called a ladmo bag. The contents of the bag are the same everyday. Rotten bolongna, moldy bread, sour milk and one of those oramental oranges they grow for cattle feed. The restrooms and showers are a whole nother story. Hold your breath.
I'm not saying that I should've been treated like a king, but I should have been treated like a human being at least. He treats his abused animals better than he treats misdameanor inmates on work release.
How he gets elected every term is beyond me.
Eat a bag of S#@% Joe!
Name withheld for sake of one owns life