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Interview with Zach

JM: What clothes could you have brought in to wear in the jail (underwear, socks, etc.)?
Zach: People would get recreation clothes sent in, which would include tennis shoes, t shirts, and shorts. there was no rule on the colors that could be sent in, but there could be no symbols or sports teams on the clothes. This way, there would be no fights or one team being betteer than the other or an insignia that might anger someone.

JM: If you had a set uniform, what did it look like? Please be specific about each piece of clothing issued to you.
Zach: The uniform was the jumpsuit I talk about in the next blocks. The material was light and in the winter you could freeze with it on. For some reason the material would hold smells and most of them were most likely ten years old or more. Even if I got a great job as painter, I would never be able to wear a jumpsuit again.

JM: Were there any assigned clothes in high demand that an inmate should look for when getting clothing assigned?
Zach: They passed out the jumpsuits by about what size you were. You could have your family drop off shorts, tennis shoes and or t-shirts for any recreation. However, the jumpsuits had to be worn for visits or all jail functions, like going to the library or seeing a counceler. You didn't have a choice on the jumpsuits unless you paid off the inmate handing them out to get a newer one.

JM: Was the clothing different between men and women?
Zach: Everyone wears the same brown jumpsuit, which is washed once per week. The stench alone is enough to drive you insane. The material causes you to itch and chances are it does not fit. To this day I get a sick feeling in my stomach if I am exposed to the color brown. I surely wil not ever where it again.

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