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Interview with Girliegirl, Paul, Tyler, Tom, Ryan, Zach and Pat

JM: What clothes could you have brought in to wear in the jail (underwear, socks, etc.)?
Girliegirl: Skirts or dresses in blue. Plain white underwear and 3 pair of socks. When we would send our clothes to the laundry we never got our same stuff back and they always either shrunk or gave you bigger clothes. We would wash our clothes ourselves sometimes if we got a uniform that fit. Most of the time it was either too big or small and smelled like funky cheap detergent. We got one pair of shoes and if you wore them out they would give you another pair that took you 3 months to break in so they wouldn't hurt your feet.
Paul: the pants and shirt we where issued
Tyler: Everyone is in matching pants and shirts. You are allowed to keep your socks, underpants, and tee shirt if it is white. Uniforms and issued towel/wash cloth are replaced once a week. You also are given a laundry bag that you can give to laundry once a week for your underwear, tee shirts, and socks. They get it back to you in a couple of hours.
Tom: none you can only wear jail clothes oakland county prisoner clothes nothing else thats it.
Ryan: The only thing that they would allow you to keep upon entry id your boxers, socks, and plain white t shirt if you had one on at the time of your arrest.
Zach: Anything under your clothes. skivvie shirts, skivvies, socks, thermal shirts.
Pat: White thermal, underwear, socks and bra with no underwire

JM: If you had a set uniform, what did it look like? Please be specific about each piece of clothing issued to you.
Girliegirl: OOPS I answered the question above. Please see above.
Paul: yes it was green
Tyler: Yes, Blue with the word PRISONER in white letters. Plastic slippers.
Tom: the uniform was either blue,gray,orange or orange and white with prisoner on the back of the top and prisoner down the right or left leg on the bottoms.
Ryan: The clothing that I wore was an all orange, 2 piece outfit. consisting of plaing pants with an elastic band around the waist. and a top of matching color, with a low cut V neck and short sleves.
Zach: Specifically? Issued one blue vest type shirt, one blue trousers, one Jesus type sandal. Great for long walks on the beach.
Pat: Blue pants and blue shirt

JM: Were there any assigned clothes in high demand that an inmate should look for when getting clothing assigned?
Girliegirl: Clothes that fit!
Paul: Not that I know off.
Tyler: NO, everyone had the same clothes.
Tom: all the inmates wanted the new uniforms the ones on one worn before.
Ryan: No. everyones clothes were all the same at this facility.
Zach: I suppose the highest demand was for newer gear or matching sets. I did not understand such a demand.
Pat: If you are tall and thin ask for a Small or Medium 2, they are longer

JM: Was the clothing different between men and women?
Girliegirl: People would steal socks. Women mostly wore maid uniform style dresses or skirts. Ugly pale blue or pants that were floods. Men had the comfortable looking uniforms. Baggy or fitting but never tight.
Paul: I think
Tyler: Don't know. Didn't see any women.
Tom: no they were all the same.
Ryan: No. Everything was all the same for everyone.
Zach: Negative
Pat: No

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