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Interview with Jack, Jerry, Sarah, Gary, Kristie, Tim, Judith and Jesse

JM: How many meals did you get per day?
Jack: Three.
Jerry: 3
Sarah: 3 if i got up at 5am. for breakfats.
Gary: 3
Kristie: We received three meals a day. Breakfast was at 4:45AM - it's really hard to eat that early.
Tim: on average we got a hot breakfast and dinner with a sandwich for lunch.
Judith: They gave us three meals a day.

JM: How would you rate the food? Please give details of why.
Jack: 0, which stands for no food.
Jerry: fair at best but always never enough. They only served you just enough to keep you from starving.
Sarah: -9. my dogs probably wouldn't eat it.
Jesse: Very poor. if you were given any
Gary: poor
Kristie: On a scale of 1-10, I'd give it a 2. The food is very carb heavy but it still doesn't feel filling. Lunch was always a cold sandwich, a bag of baked cheetos and a piece of fruit. Breakfast was always two boiled eggs, oatmeal, white bread and black coffee. Dinner went on a two week rotation of items like chicken nuggets and hot dogs.
Tim: You can not serve over 2,000 people three times a day and expect good food. Especially with a prison budget. The army can't do it and they have a budget. Prison food was as poor as it can get which is why I got so fat. Don't look for nutrition with a budget of $.75 per day per inmate.
Judith: Surprisingly, the food was pretty good,especially compared to other jails. They served a hot breakfast with coffee, sandwiches for lunch, and a hot meal for dinner. They had drink dispensers with kool-aid or juice. They food was good enough to where you would serve it at home.They also had a commissary

JM: Did you have any favorite/least favorite meals?
Jack: Everything sucked.
Jerry: The hamburger, the chicken sandwich, and the burrito meals were the best but you only get those once per month.
Sarah: i hated them all bet there were a few i hated more than others.
Kristie: My favorite sandwich was the tuna - it really was better than say a gas station tuna sandwich. The worst sandwich was the "lunch meat" one.. I gave that one away whenever I could.
Tim: no, not really. I liked the soup but that weas about all. Nothing else had any flavor and with missing and infected teeth I was mostly unable to chew food.
Judith: They served pancakes on Sundays.My favorite food though was what I bought from store call. The junk food like chips and cupcakes and cokes.

JM: Were there any other snacks offered outside of meals? What was commissary like and how expensive was it?
Jack: If you paid out standing prices threw the in house store.
Jerry: no
Sarah: only if you bought store, had people send you money.
Kristie: No snacks unless you are pregnant. Pregnant girls get a cold sandwich, apple and crackers as a snack at 9pm. Other than that you have to buy or bribe snacks if you are hungry. Commissary is once a week. One thing most people don't realize is that EVERYTHING in jail is marked up. A pack of Top Ramen that costs ten cents at the grocery store is marked up to $1.50 in jail. There are no even remotely healthy choices. The main problem is the cost, the mark ups are insane.
Tim: the store list was expensive. Lowest quality and inflated prices. $.75 for a raman soup you get at Kroeger for $.10 Given the physical risk involved in even having store in my locker I mostly avoided it.
Judith: Yes, but you had to buy them from commissary. The commissary was great, but it was sort of expensive.For example you could buy ramen noodles that normally would cost you 10 cents they charged 55 cents for them.

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