US lawyers and prisoners have started using Yelp ("the best way to find great local businesses
") to review jails.
Private defence lawyer Robert Miller told the Washington Post
he started reviewing prisons because "I needed
something to kill time while I waited to see clients. But I think the reviews
are actually helpful for bail bondsmen, attorneys, family members — a lot of
So, sandwiched between Miller's review of a Taco Bell ("not nearly as busy as the
MacDonalds next door
" - three stars) and a dessert store ("they have unique handmade
" - five stars) is one for Santa Ana jail. Thanks to its smooth entry and exit procedures, Miller rates it a notch above Taco Bell - four stars. Although "parking is iffy
||Pictured: worse than prison
Of course if you're planning to go to jail properly, in an orange jumpsuit with knuckle tats and a phone smuggled up your duodenum, you should avail yourself of the inmates' reviews as well. Jennifer was incarcerated at Orange County Central Jail and she had a, well, she had a below-average time. She says the screws caught her cellmate and her sharing half a toilet roll "and denied me my own roll
" - one star.
But it's not all "the cots are made of iron
" and "I have no shoelaces now
". Nick had a very pleasant stay at San Meteo County Jail: "You get 3 meals a
day, a bed to sleep in...All in all, I had a positive experience
" - three stars.
Meanwhile, a former guest of the notorious Riker's Island jail has a useful tip:
But the highest praise of all goes to the Pitchess
Detention Centre in LA, from a visiting notary: "If I had a loved one in a jail, I would want them to be at