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Interview with James, Charles, Nick, Erik, Edwin, Will, Rickey, Lee, David, Ann and Scott

JM: What clothes could you have brought in to wear in the jail (underwear, socks, etc.)?
James: The "scrub" type uniform that you have to pay $10.00 for, except at Conte and Violent inmates that wore jumpsuits.
Charles: Is this for real? The uniform they give you..... Any convict knows that before getting locked up throw on a sweater, two tall t-s and a white pair of shoes with no metal in them.
Nick: You can get your boxers, socks, a white under shirt, shoes if there is no metal in them.
Erik: only white or gray pocketless and string less shorts and white t shirts nothing else
Edwin: You couldn't bring anything into the county. It was all issued by the jail staff.
Will: Broward County Jail only allows you to receive Port clothing but you cannot keep it in your cell it is stored elsewhere
Rickey: none
Lee: Underwear is provided as soon as an inmate is processed and housed. all you wore in is stored in property.
David: You could'nt have any clothes brought in by visitors. If you were wearing white a tee-shirt, white boxers or white socks at the time of intake you could keep them, however any other under garmets have to be bought in commissary.
Ann: You were allowed white socks, white t-shirts, white underwear and white or gray sweater. No outside clothes.
Scott: i was able to bring in my sweatshirt because it was grey or white and a pair of socks everything else was put into a property bag

JM: If you had a set uniform, what did it look like? Please be specific about each piece of clothing issued to you.
James: Yes. Scrubs or Jumpsuits, Dark blue, light blue, tan, green, orange, red, striped.
Charles: Like a jail uniform. Green in broward, blue in palm beach.
Nick: They would give us a two piece green uniform. It would have a pocket in it and the pants would be elastic like a one size fits all.
Erik: you would wear a jumper nothing was specific about each of them but the size people only would want new shower shoes from the new inmates
Edwin: I did have a set uniform. It was slightly overized, faded, and worn out. After being there for a lil while meeting people you would sometimes get a better set of clothing ...
Will: the jail had to pull over pants with no pockets dark blue in color and a smocked it was like a v-neck that was real rugged material and the jail did not issue socks or underwear
Rickey: blue overalls
Lee: We were issued light blue pullover shirts that were v-neck, blue button up long pants with a white stripe on each side, and white tee shirts along with white boxer briefs.
David: A tan colored collorless canvas shirt with inmate stenseled on the back. The pants are tan colored canvas. Most often the pants are too long for you and you have to walk on the excess that hangs over your feet. It is against the ruls to roll your pants legs up.
Ann: my uniform was black and white with stripe that said mamimum custody on the back of it with a jumpsuit with buttons on the front
Scott: everybody had a set uniform it was dark navy blue long pants and a shirt like what doctors or nurse's wear i think they had white lettering or numbering on them also

JM: Were there any assigned clothes in high demand that an inmate should look for when getting clothing assigned?
James: Just bigger sizes for comfort.
Charles: If your a big guy your hard to find any uniform let alone a newer one. People compete for newer uniforms.
Nick: Just to make sure that the pocket was there and clean.
Erik: yes just look for something that fits you , you don't want to have to tight or baggy
Edwin: Not that I'm aware of. Inmates just really try to get the nicer sets for self esteem and visiting day ...
Will: clothing was not assigned it was exchanged on a one-for-one basis and this was done twice per week clothing was not in demand
Rickey: socks
Lee: If you were lucky enough to be assigned to a job you would be issued a nice pair of tennis shoes.
David: Yea some people wanted the new ones because they thought it made them look important. Myself choose the worn out thin, comfortable uniforms when I could get them.
Ann: not that i was aware of,but you didnt want the striped suit or red,,,
Scott: i dont understand this question but i think if it means what inmates wanted clothing wise was a long sleeve shirt or a sweatshirt or socks

JM: Was the clothing different between men and women?
James: No.
Charles: Nope.
Nick: Yes the would be different colors.
Erik: only that women where allowed sports bras
Edwin: No. Maybe like the under wear and bra type things
Will: the clothing of men and women was identical except for the color
Rickey: i dont know dont remember
Lee: All the clothing was the same in color. The womens pants were pull up instead of button up.
David: Same type of clothes just a different color.
Ann: that I knew of there is no differense
Scott: the only time i saw women was when i was in the holding cell when they would walk past but in holding you still have your regular clothes on

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