Every year, millions of Americans find themselves sitting in a local county jail awaiting trial. It may be that they did not possess the resources to post bond, or for whatever reason, the judge decided to keep them there until trial. These individuals might be there for weeks, months, or sometimes even years, cut off from their family and without any sense of normalcy. In these types of situations, isolated from family, coworkers, or friends, it is understandable to battle feelings of loneliness. It is natural to feel like you want to connect with someone who may be going through the same thing. Here lies a problem that has the potential to destroy your case.

Many people in these circumstances find themselves making connections among other inmates, believing they have found a new friend in the commonality of despair. Because they are both going through the same thing, they start confiding in one another. Trusting in this comradery, imagine the shock when they discover at a later date, that the person they had trusted and confided in is now on the list as a witness against them in their case! Too many people have made this mistake and have shared intimate details about their case and their past to someone who was the enemy all along.

I don’t care how discouraged you get, when you are in jail awaiting trial always remember—no new friends.

My name is Corey Scott. If you have any questions for me, please reach out. I would be more than happy to talk to you.