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Interview with Eric, Dominic and Carlos

JM: How many meals did you get per day?
Eric: I did not eat much in there. I lost almost 70 pounds.
Dominic: You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Carlos: We were served three meals a day

JM: How would you rate the food? Please give details of why.
Eric: I do not know if you can call food whats given in there. Mostly cuban food and black people food i could say . I threw away most of it never like any thing, I keep the fruit is there was any. Is like old food reprcess or somethig. Just to think of it want to trow-up.i
Dominic: I rated the food as being poor because half of the time i could not recognize what it was. the food was also lacking flavor and the content of many of the dishes utilized soy meat or soy byproduct. Most inmates ordered food from the commisary and would skip some of the meals.
Carlos: The amount of food they give you is not enough to feed a grown man. If you do not have family that can send you money to buy snacks from the commissary you will go hungry. Other than being ridiculously small portions the food is also bland and with no nutritional value. It's mostly carbs that they feed you.

JM: Did you have any favorite/least favorite meals?
Eric: Only the fuit , that is all, everything else was garbage. No favorites for me. I do not care about it . Bad food.
Dominic: As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk.I did not have a favorite or least favorite meal. It was all the same to me because it was primarily things that i would not normally eat.
Carlos: I think once a month they had burritos. They were kind of tasty for jail house food. For lunch they always served sandwiches, there was one that had a type of ham that nobody liked.

JM: Were there any other snacks offered outside of meals? What was commissary like and how expensive was it?
Eric: No for me up until few day before release. For some reason things started to change , but i did not believed on it . One day they put on some nice food , i threw it away thinking is poison or something.
Dominic: Commissary was available for us to order for every week, There was a $125 maximum order per week and it carried a variety of snacks one could order on any given week like cookies and chips.
Carlos: There were no snacks offered. In order to get commissary your family had to put money into your account, which the jail took out I believe was two dollars a day. Everyone gets charged two dollars a day for staying in jail. In metro west you can order commissary through a computer that gives you your balance and lets you pick out items from the commissary store. You have to order by a specific day and time if you wanted to receive it that week. Commissary is once a week.

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