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Interview with Sarah, Drew and Paul

JM: What clothes could you have brought in to wear in the jail (underwear, socks, etc.)?
Sarah: Orange top and orange bottoms, and an orange pair of shoes.
Drew: You can bring one pair of all white socks all white boxers or briefs and depending on who's in intake a white t shirt
Paul: They take everything at my county unless its all white socks and your wedding ring. Some counties let you keep your watches it just depends.

JM: If you had a set uniform, what did it look like? Please be specific about each piece of clothing issued to you.
Sarah: See above
Drew: We were issued a pair of bob barker tennis in color orange pants orange shirt a towel a blanket and an indigent kit if you ain't got no money
Paul: My uniform was all white. A white shirt with a coolar tucked into white pants. White boxers and gray socks with black boots or slip ons. You look like a typical inmate. The shirts and pants are thick and uncomforatable, you dont ever get your size in boxers sometimes you wont get your size in anything so most people when they get a good fitting set of clothes they will kepp them and just wash them themselves

JM: Were there any assigned clothes in high demand that an inmate should look for when getting clothing assigned?
Sarah: You had to buy anything besides the uniform, and they won't let you keep anything you come in with (including underwear).
Drew: No not really whether you got new uniform or not you still in jail it still sucks I
Paul: Not really, what i did notice was that the larges went fast. I guess thats the main size. Most everyone wanted new boots so i guess those would have been in high demand. They sold thermals, shorts, socks, underwear and new balance shoes and boots on comissary so all those items seemed to go fast

JM: Was the clothing different between men and women?
Sarah: Same.
Drew: I think the woman get a bra
Paul: i dont think they were diferent but inever saw a women prison or jail. In my county they were the same.

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