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Interview with Ron, Amber and Debra

JM: How many meals did you get per day?
Ron: Three.
Amber: Three mess a day.
Debra: We got 3 meals per day. Breakfast was at 6 am. Lunch was at 11 am. Dinner was at 4:30 pm.

JM: How would you rate the food? Please give details of why.
Ron: Considering it's jail I didn't think it was too bad. The worst meals we had were almost inedible, though, so having some commissary is important if you don't want to be hungry. Don't gamble away your best meals - I can't tell you how many people I know lost their biscuits and gravy breakfast in a bet and had to give it up next time we had it.
Amber: Not good.
Debra: The food on a one to ten scale, I would rate it a five. Food is food, and it definitely kept me from starving. The meals on wheels for dinner was not too bad. Could have been worse, that's for sure. Most days, lunch was usually a sandwich and an apple.

JM: Did you have any favorite/least favorite meals?
Ron: Best - biscuits and gravy, fruits and vegetables were good in the fall when the jail's farm was harvesting them (inmates go work on the farm and grow surprisingly good stuff) Worst - there was some processed "turkey" with nasty gravy on it that most people would skip in favor of ramen noodles
Amber: Don't remember anything good.
Debra: My least favorite meal was probably... um, breakfast because I can't really remember a good meal that I ever had, or any breakfast meal.

JM: Were there any other snacks offered outside of meals? What was commissary like and how expensive was it?
Ron: I think I dropped like $30 or $40/week on commissary. It was overpriced but you could get stuff like honeybuns, candy bars, ramen, chips, soda and more. Anybody who gets fat while in the Utah County Jail is doing it on commissary, not the jail food.
Amber: No commissary in psych ward.
Debra: No, there was not any snacks offered outside of the three meals that we were given. Ramen Noodles cost 75 c for one thing. (Kind of expensive, I thought.) Chips were about $1.25. The Honeybuns were the best and cheapest deal!

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