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From experience in Qld. It’s not much different in each state.
The food is not that bad. It gets a bit boring having a rotating menu, meatball Thursday, fish Friday... you get the drift.
You will need money for buy ups, phonecalls, writing letters. Take a few hundred dollars to court with you so you can put it straight on your trust, if female you will need to buy bras, male and female socks/undies/toiletries etc in there. NO wire in the bra you are wearing. Wear a decent pair of sneakers to court, you will be wearing them daily. Wash your hair really well before court, sachets if shitty shampoo suck while waiting for buy ups.
Phone numbers can take a week to be put on your call list, they need to call the number to verify they will accept calls.
Sort someone as power of attorney now just in case, let banks/utilities etc know what’s happening so you don’t come out to debt collectors.
If you take medications the process of sorting that out while your being processed is wayyy easier if you have a letter and contact number from gp.
If you use drugs the women’s jails in Qld offer the suboxtene program, men’s offer nothing of the sort (other states are way more helpful with this department) either way I suggest putting some Valium in something that closes properly & is not metal & sticking it up Your jaxie. Don’t tell a single person in there you have it, not even your cell mate.
No one is your friend in there, be assertive & don’t take shit, if someone picks a fight don’t throw the first punch always hit back.
It’s an unwritten rule to shower before lock down.
If your unit has accessible laundry do it yourself otherwise shit goes missing.
You will realise who your friends and family really are, don’t rely on anyone for anything while your in there, this is also why it’s important to take $ to court. Don’t rely on working there at least in the beginning... you get paid f**k all but it is really good to have a job in there for your mental state!
Seems like you'd have an amazing story to tell.
Glad you are out x
No personal experience, but you often hear people in jail are treated better than the elderly in aged care. Which is disgusting if true.
Jail is a shitty shitty place.
People go on about how the elderly sit around in dirty pjs, care staff can only persuade residents to shower, not force them. I have seen families be far more nasty to residents than staff, removing wedding rings off residents that are in palliative care while they are still conscious. Financial abuse is rife.
My grandma complains to my family she doesn’t get enough vegetables yet I have seen her list of dislikes and carrot is the only thing she hasn’t listed (they cook her carrot even when it’s not on the menu)