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Interview with Kristen, Renee, Chad and Dennis

JM: What clothes could you have brought in to wear in the jail (underwear, socks, etc.)?
Kristen: You are not allowed to bring any type of clothing in the prison. They supply everything for you to wear.
Renee: Nothing could be brought in at all. Everything they gave to you when you came in.
Chad: They only let you keep the underwear and socks you come in with if they are white and have no visible markings on them. All new clothes must be bought from commissary.
Dennis: None what so ever!!!!! you were issued two pairs of socks two sets of underwear and two t-shirts. Then your main out fit was a prison issued one piece jump suit. And a pair of shorts.

JM: If you had a set uniform, what did it look like? Please be specific about each piece of clothing issued to you.
Kristen: In county it was a tan color shirt and pants, felt like polyester material and in state, it was a maroon color shirt and pants.
Renee: We were issued two white shirts, two pairs of white socks, two pairs of white underwear. Girls were issued a tan top and bottoms, men were issued green or blue jump suits. Maximum security uniforms were bright orange, r.h.u uniform was a black and white stripped jumpsuit, and trustee uniforms were blue.
Chad: The uniform at the Erie County Prison is a green jump suit made of a sturdy material. They also issue you underwear and socks if you are deemed 'indigent' (unable to provide for yourself, no money)
Dennis: The under garments were of the cheapest quality the socks would shrink after the first wash as would the t-shirts. The one piece jump suit was hard to get in and out of.

JM: Were there any assigned clothes in high demand that an inmate should look for when getting clothing assigned?
Kristen: not really, it was all pretty standard. Everyone got the same stuff.
Renee: Comfortable pants and a not so baggie shirt were the best we could get.
Chad: Not that I know of. They usually have uniforms and or a pair of underwear/socks for everyone.
Dennis: No every one got the same exact set of issued uniforms.

JM: Was the clothing different between men and women?
Kristen: in county, yes...their uniforms were blue, but in state, it was an all womens' prison, so they were the same.
Renee: Yes, different colors, except for the trustee uniform. And the mens uniforms were usually a jumpsuit, where women wore two piece.
Chad: The men and women all wore the same color uniforms in Erie County.
Dennis: Yes men got the one piece jump suit and the women got brown two piece uniforms kinda like a Doctors set of scrubs.

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