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Interview with Pat and Sam

JM: How many meals did you get per day?
Pat: we eat 3 meals per day.
Sam: There are 3 meals served per day.

JM: How would you rate the food? Please give details of why.
Pat: at first when i was there, the food rated a 4. jail food is usually tasteless because they are cooking for a large crowd so they dont really season it too much or anything plus there is lots of laxatives and things in case of poisoning. after tasting other jails foods, i rerate middlesex to be a 7.
Sam: If you're new to the prison food, then it's horrible. The quality is poor, and you usually have to fight to get through it. However, over time you get used to it and you actually start to look forward to certain dishes, like chicken nights. It's all about imagining it's better than it really is.

JM: Did you have any favorite/least favorite meals?
Pat: the breakfast meals are usually the best because its hard to mess up pancakes with sausages and cereal. the worst meal is this turkey ham cylinder that looks and tastes like a hockey puck.
Sam: As mentioned before, chicken nights were the best. For breakfast, pancake days were the best. Mostly, anything with a good protein count became a favorite.

JM: Were there any other snacks offered outside of meals? What was commissary like and how expensive was it?
Pat: outside of regular meals, they bring soup to the pods which is good because it's usually very cold due to the air conditioning. commissary has soup and junk food. lots of chips, cookies, pastries, pouched fish and condiments to go with everything. Ramen noodles are 1.10 per soup s just imagine how much the commissary companies make. the contract was given to christine whitmans husbands friends companies when she was governor.
Sam: Yes, there was the commissary to buy from. Most items were decently priced, but you can only buy so much because of limits imposed on quantity of each item and total amount spent on your order.

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