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Interview with Jerry and Pat

JM: How many meals did you get per day?
Jerry: Three hot meals daily. 6 am, 12 pm and roughly 6 pm. The food is served when its ready so don't expect things to be served the same time everyday.
Pat: 3, breakfast, Lunch and dinner

JM: How would you rate the food? Please give details of why.
Jerry: This is probably the most important aspect of doing time. Food is what makes doing time really hard or really easy. No one want to be hungry when their locked up and some jails feed you just enough to keep you alive. I am serious when I say that this jail has the best food I've ever had in an institution. I've been to six jails and three prisons so I've seen some things and been some places. First let me begin by saying that because this facility houses INS, they are funded through the federal government. As a result, the standards of food are much higher than the standards of the state. Everything here is homemade and tastes really good. The portions are bigger and the food is tasty. You rarely hear that from a jail.
Pat: The food was always real good.I have been to other jails and the Yuba County jail has the best meal program there is no sack lunch or dinner you get 3 hot cooked meals a day that are really good and filling they dont leave youy hungry after eating meals.

JM: Did you have any favorite/least favorite meals?
Jerry: Almost everything served is delicious. The milk is real and ice cold. the biscuits are warm, fresh, huge and taste amazing. Sometimes they are served with gravy. They serve a burrito that is screaming good. Sometimes for breakfast they give you a big cinnamon roll or coffee cake, one time we got donuts! The cake is fresh made and the slices are monster size. the juice is strong and cold. The only dish people don't like is the seafood and rice. the seafood has shrimp, mussels, octopus and fish. I love the dish but most people don't. The fact that they serve seafood baffles my mind. Bottom line is that the food here is phenomenal.
Pat: I looked forward to having burritoes they werew huge and tasted good also they made homemade biscuits that were amazing and the cake was nice to.

JM: Were there any other snacks offered outside of meals? What was commissary like and how expensive was it?
Jerry: The commissary is relatively expensive and limits one to only $75 a week. This is not a feasible way to eat if you don't like the regular food because the soups, rice, beans and meat are way expensive. Most people save their state food and make spreads with the commissary mixed with the state trays.
Pat: If you were a trustee you would get popcorn and pepsi every Friday as a reward for working and commisary was twice a week and was fair priced for jail prices I didnt have money so I never purchased any.

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