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Interview with Bill, Rochelle, Joyce, Mikey, Eric, Kirk, Janelle and Claudia

JM: How many meals did you get per day?
Bill: 3 Meals. Breakfast at 5am, Lunch at 11am, and Dinner at 4 to 5pm
Rochelle: 3 breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Joyce: we received 3 meals per day
Mikey: you get 3 meals per day
Eric: Each inmate will get 3 meals per day.
Kirk: we were fed 3 times a day
Janelle: Three meals per day and pregnant women got a snack
Claudia: We received three meals a day.

JM: How would you rate the food? Please give details of why.
Bill: Food itself is bearable, however it is very minimal. The jail intends to keep inmates in a constant state of hunger. (This may be a tactic used to increase food sales on commissary. Provided by Keefe, at rates often double to triple their retail equivalents.
Rochelle: Excellent
Joyce: The food was tasteless, bland, and no seasoning was given or allowed. The sausage was a light brown color and the grits were runny. The food was given with a package of so called (kool aid) which we added to a cup of water. We were ALWAYS given an apple and 3 duplex cookies with lunch and diner
Mikey: on a scale of 1-10 i would give it a -3 it is very horrible most times it is cold they stoped serving anykind of nutritional food there no juice and very little fruit the only meal i ate there that was half way good was the biscuts and gravy tray wich still was not very enticing
Eric: When one is unable to go to any sort of restaurant; when one is unable to get off the sofa and do some "fridge-shopping" or look through the cupboards to see what the selection is, any food is good food! Secondly, meals break the horrible monotony of jail. It's something to look forward to.
Kirk: I would not rate the food. It had no flavor tasted terrible and I would not serve it to my dog.They served spagetti that tasted like a cardboard box. They do not season any for and expect you to enjoy every minute of it. It was absolutly horrible in my opinion.
Janelle: Food was terrible, you could tell they would use leftovers from luck in the dinner. For example, if there were carrots for lunch, you could see a tint of orange in the potatoes for dinner. No salt or seasoning, and they gave some sort of kook aid packet you could mix with faucet water that came from the back of the toilet. Yuk.
Claudia: The food was bland. For breakfast, it was mostly oatmeal and cereal. For lunch, it was sandwiches and/or hot dogs. For dinner, hot meal. I would rate the food a seven. Because of the number of inmates to be served, breakfast was served at 4:00 a.m., lunch at 10:00 a.m. and dinner at 4:00. Therefore, it an inmate did not receive commissary, her stomach growled by 4:00 the next morning.

JM: Did you have any favorite/least favorite meals?
Bill: Only offered to sentenced inmates: The lunch meal is 3 sandwiches, 2 mystery-meat (turkey-based bologna) sandwiches and a peanut butter in jelly. Other inmates often favored the peanut butter over the other sandwiches and would trade both bologna sandwiches for a peanut butter one. So it was easy to obtain 4 sandwiches at lunch.
Rochelle: Favorite meal steak, bake potato, and strawberry short cake, least favorite meal lomein dinner.
Joyce: My least favorite was breakfast because it was served too early in the morning, between 3:45- 6:00 am. It was never worth getting out of bed for
Mikey: i hated all of it and liked none of it but like i said if i had to pick a favorite i would say biscuts and gravy
Eric: My least favorite meal was fat, grisly "mystery meat". My favorite meal was eggs and sausage with bread and milk at breakfast.
Kirk: I have no favorites from anything they served. I did not like a single meal or item in the least.
Janelle: If I had to choose a favorite it would be breakfast. I liked the toast and made the best out of the eggs
Claudia: My favorite meal: hot dogs with baked beans, cole slaw Lease favorite: SOS(shit on a shingle): ground meat with gravy. It looked like dog food.

JM: Were there any other snacks offered outside of meals? What was commissary like and how expensive was it?
Bill: Commissary sales products such as: Potato Chips, Meat Sticks, Honey Buns, Roman-Noodle Soups, and almost every candy bar available.
Rochelle: Yes we could buy snack items from the store or snack machine in the dorm
Joyce: There were no snacks offered but there was commissary. The commissary was offerd twice a week on Monday and Thursday I believe but if your family sent you money they deducted so much per day to pay for your being in jail so there was not much left for commissary
Mikey: no snacks outside of meals but there was comissary it wasnt very expensive but it is very limited compared to other jails the dont have very many items to offer for you to buy from them
Eric: No, the meals included any snacks you could get, such as an apple or orange with a meal. These are a valuable commodity inside the jail! I hoarded mine and watched them like a hawk. As I've stated, I never spent more than 10 days in jail, and that was on only one occasion. All the rest were overnight stays only.
Kirk: They offer plenty of different food on the commissary.Most of the food on there was pretty cheap and affordable. It is the only way a person can truly be healthy in this instance was to order.
Janelle: I think they gave a banana with lunch we used for a snack. Sometimes an apple. Commissary was expensive, but they had a pretty good variety. If you wanted more than two pairs of panties or a bra, you had to have money for commissary
Claudia: There were no snacks offered outside of meals. We tried to save our fresh fruit to eat later, but if there was a shakedown, the officers confiscated the fruit and considered it contraband. Commissary consisted of mostly chips, cookies and candy. I don't remember how expensive it was.

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