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Interview with Brad, Brit, Chuck, Ben and Carl

JM: How many meals did you get per day?
Brad: Three meals daily.
Brit: mainly 3 but sometimes we didnt get all 3 cause they ran out of food
Chuck: you always ate 3 times a day.
Ben: We got breakfast lunch and dinner
Carl: 3

JM: How would you rate the food? Please give details of why.
Brad: On a scale of 1 to 10, I would say it was a 3 and thats only because some meals came with double portions of meat.
Brit: not healthy at all very small portions filled with carbs to keep you going
Chuck: again. it's not the hilton. you ate because you didn't want to starve, not because the food was good. (and it wasn't good)
Ben: The food was inedible. A zero on a scale of 1 to 10. There would be bugs in the food. Sometimes it would be cold. The coffee was like mud. The eggs sometimes had a green tint to them. The hamburgers were like mush and watery. The food was just horrid.
Carl: Terrible---most food was ill prepared--never enough-cold-some was served with roaches

JM: Did you have any favorite/least favorite meals?
Brad: They all were equally terrible, but the tuna and the chicken were bareable.
Brit: no
Chuck: my favorite was anything i could eat. least fave would have to be the chicken (or yard bird as referred to by inmates) the chicken was annorexic looking and poorly prepared.
Ben: My favorite meals were from canteen which is a store where you could buy snickers, salami or tuna sandwiches. I would use the bread from my meals to make sandwiches.
Carl: The chicken on Sunday was somewhat near edible-- the most desired meal--but low grade 4 sure

JM: Were there any other snacks offered outside of meals? What was commissary like and how expensive was it?
Brad: No!!!!
Brit: no only on canteen which you had to buy for a huge mark up a little 23 cent bag of chips would cost you almost 3 bucks and one ramen soup would be 90 cents when you can go to the store and get 10 fora buck
Chuck: any other snack like foods were offered through commisary.
Ben: There were no other free snacks, but you could buy other snacks from canteen. It was priced similarly to buying something from a store. I think canteen came once a week. Canteen is what my diet mostly consisted of.
Carl: They charge 25 bucks to get in---ya gotta square that up before you can order commissary----then its a week turnaround to get your snacks

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