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Interview with Tom and Barbara

JM: How many meals did you get per day?
Tom: 3 meals per day
Barbara: We had breakfast at 4:30 am. Lunch at 11:30amand dinner at 5pm

JM: How would you rate the food? Please give details of why.
Tom: All food is prepared in the microwave. This jail has some very bad food. It meets minimum calorie requirements but is not good in taste or selection. Those working on T module eat the same food as staff and it is very good. Fresh prepared as if going out to eat.
Barbara: The food that was supposed to be hot was usually cold. It usually had a very bad in taste or no taste at all. There was not enough food on each plate per inmate. Inmates had to by commisarry to make up for not getting enough jail house food to live on

JM: Did you have any favorite/least favorite meals?
Tom: I was on the trustee module so I could eat whatever I wanted to from every fresh fruit vegetable or meat known to man to ice cream soda coffee you name it. I ate like a king in there.
Barbara: My favorite food was the peanut butter/jelly sandwiches (bc they came in separate packages and not prepared by inmates) My least favorite was fish sticks

JM: Were there any other snacks offered outside of meals? What was commissary like and how expensive was it?
Tom: There is a very wide variety of item available to buy once a week on the jails commissary. You are able to spend $95.00 a week if you have the funds to do so.
Barbara: There were not any foods offered outside of the normal meals. If you had money on your books, you could buy food from the commissary. We were allowed to shop every other week. Prices not too high

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