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Interview with Aaron, Jessica, Walter, Margaret and Sherry

JM: What clothes could you have brought in to wear in the jail (underwear, socks, etc.)?
Aaron: People could order white shirts and shorts but mainly everyone wore their orange outfits.
Jessica: When I first went in, I was in my own clothes, but 2 days later I had to wear a uniform to go to court, and stayed in the uniform after that.
Walter: You can keep your own socks if they are white. All other personal clothes must be kept in booking.
Margaret: YOU COULDN'T BRING IN ANY OUTSIDE CLOTHES INTO THE JAIL. YOU HAD TO WEAR THEIR STUFF
Sherry: You are not allowed to wear your own clothes in jail, they go to property.

JM: If you had a set uniform, what did it look like? Please be specific about each piece of clothing issued to you.
Aaron: Orange pants and shirt which we were able to exchange daily since we had a washer and dryer in our pod.
Jessica: It was an orange jumpsuit and orange slip on shoes.
Walter: Orange scrubs. Everyone wears orange scrubs. The shirt is just like a nurses shirt, but orange. The clothes are made of stiff rough synthetic materials that hold heat VERY badly. No jackets are allowed unless it's cold out and you have court, or an outside trustee job. White boxers, white socks, and plastic/rubber sandals
Margaret: THE UNIFORM WENT BY YOUR SIZE, AND IT WAS ORANGE, AND BIG, AND THEY GAVE YOU A BRA AND PANTIES, ONE PAIR OF SOCKS, AND SOME JAIL SLIDES
Sherry: For women you were issued 1 pair of underwear, socks, and a bra also a pair of shoes, you get a loud orange uniform with Hillsborough County Jail on back of it.

JM: Were there any assigned clothes in high demand that an inmate should look for when getting clothing assigned?
Aaron: Bigger sizes were in high demand but we had laundry done 2-3 times a day so there were always enough to go around. I always hung on to an extra uniform set so I could have a bigger pillow (extra stuffing).
Jessica: bigger clothes were hard to come by, but being a smaller person, it wasn't an issue.
Walter: Anything with a vibrant color to it and less stains. The newer the better
Margaret: JUST THE LARGER SIZES WENT QUICK, SO YOU HAD TO WAIT
Sherry: Yes, new underwear and a momo and sock, and bra.

JM: Was the clothing different between men and women?
Aaron: Everyone I saw wore orange outfits so I guess everyone wore the same kinds of clothing. (Orange top, orange pants, orange socks and orange shoes).
Jessica: When i was in court, the women had the same uniforms as the men did.
Walter: Not really. Aside from the difference that women recieced bras and panties instead of boxers.
Margaret: THE JAIL UNIFORMS WERE ALL THE SAME
Sherry: Yes, they had only boxers.

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