County jails: Commissaries offer inmates a range of treats and ...

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The top 10 items inmates buy at the jail commissary. Jail inmates can't go to convenience stores and their families can't bring them their favorite treats.
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honest citizen

Fort Myers, FL

#1 May 16, 2009
Excuse me, but these people "are in jail", they have committed "crimes" that put them there and they should be glad they even have access to these luxuries that we all take for granted on the outside. I'm sorry but I feel they have no right complaining about what they can and can not get "inside". We have all had some rough times, especially lately, but you put yourself where you are, deal with it and get over it. Realize you have done something wrong and resolve to be a better person and move on.
Caddy

Lebanon, OR

#2 May 16, 2009
These scum should get nothing and like it!
Goat Herder

Los Angeles, CA

#3 May 16, 2009
Who pays the $5 per day for being in if they don't have a job or other income?
I would refuse to pay the $5 if they tried to put me in jail. The commissary is needed because the food that is foisted upon prisoners amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. The prisoners should be able to order from Publix or Winn Dixie. At the very least they would be able to make some healthy choices.
Also the prices should be reduced for the prisoners due to lack of income.
Hmmm Interesting

Pompano Beach, FL

#4 May 16, 2009
Get rid of the snacks everyday families can barely afford these days and give them carrot sticks and fruit cake instead.

No wonder crime is up. It's like a big gigantic munchie fest in prison.
maybe just maybe

Flatwoods, KY

#5 May 16, 2009
Where are the condoms and rolling papers?
Billy Bob

United States

#6 May 16, 2009
They should be able to buy snacks and personal items. Even with this being in jail is no picnic.
They are in there for punishment not revenge.
It is the humane thing to do.
Info Please

United States

#7 May 16, 2009
The woman in the picture appears to be wearing an officers uniform.Why use an expensive officer, to fill snack orders? Isn't an officer hired to actually work in the jail guarding prisoners?
parent

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#8 May 16, 2009
why is this even making the news?
sugar boy

United States

#10 May 16, 2009
when I was in the Hoosegow all they gave was bread and water but after my "good" behaviour I got Hennesey and Blunts and I never had to drop the soap again.
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Ugh

Pompano Beach, FL

#11 May 17, 2009
Fthepolice wrote:
**** the system...Not only does Broward get 80k per inmate a year they try to rip them off while in custody by selling them radios for 25 dollars that you can get at your local dollar store for 50 cents.
******* BROWARD ******* BSO
BSO is corrupt. All pigs should die.
WAHHHHHH BOOOOOO HOOOOO
Stay outta Jail D.A. and do something productive with your life.
Ugh

Pompano Beach, FL

#12 May 17, 2009
Goat Herder wrote:
Who pays the $5 per day for being in if they don't have a job or other income?
I would refuse to pay the $5 if they tried to put me in jail. The commissary is needed because the food that is foisted upon prisoners amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. The prisoners should be able to order from Publix or Winn Dixie. At the very least they would be able to make some healthy choices.
Also the prices should be reduced for the prisoners due to lack of income.
If you cant do the time dont do the crime!
With tax payers having to spend more on taxes in order to house these dregs of society you expect them to bend over and take it further up the wazoo by allowing them to shop at a reputable grocery store? The food they receive is, in my humble opinion,
to good for them. Me thinks a good old fashioned diet of bread and water, is more than most of these arse clowns deserve!
Now if maybe the families of these fine upstanding citizens were to pay for their loved ones incarceration, medical,attorneys and food I would agree with you, but....you know as well as I do that that will interfere with affording the blunts and cognac and the 24"s that keep on keepin on!
Deerfield zoo

Seattle, WA

#13 May 17, 2009
This is news?? Wow!! Maybe we should give up our freedom, to be locked up with other gay men and order Snickers bars!
stinky pete

United States

#14 May 17, 2009
A slow day at the SS.
Some Dude

Pompano Beach, FL

#15 May 17, 2009
parent wrote:
why is this even making the news?
Agreed
Broward Leo

Mountain View, CA

#17 May 17, 2009
You would think that there is much more important things going on in the world that the Sun Sential could have reported. Who really cares what kind of snacks inmates can buy while in jail.
truth

AOL

#18 May 17, 2009
Jack up he prices....and keep the profits to help offset the cost of housing the animals.
Arbitrator

West Palm Beach, FL

#19 May 17, 2009
This is an article which definitely makes me wonder how liberal our society is becoming. The thrust appears to be the concern the jailer's have satisfying the inmate choices of junk foods. Maybe the focus should be on rehabilitation to avoid recidivism or deterrence of criminal behavior. Jail or prison is NOT supposed to be a pleasant experience for those who are residents and the wards of the state. Taxpayers are the unwilling recipients of the housing, meals and supervision tab of these guests which comes out to be about $80,000/year/inmate. Hopefully, at least the cost of running the commissary, including staffing, is taken out of the profits of the purchases made.

What is next to make the stay of inmates more comfortable? Laptops? Cellphones? Alcohol? Chinese takeout? Pizza delivery?

And, why is someone wasting valuable resources documenting those particular snack foods purchased by murderers and other high profile criminals?

"You've got to remember they're incarcerated and there's not much for them to look forward to but their commissary," Broward County Jail commissary supervisor Lynda Ellison said. "

How about looking forward toward release or are all inmates now "lifers"?

Glad they are keeping the law library up to date. God knows we need more jailhouse lawyers running around.
inmate

Mountain View, CA

#21 May 17, 2009
Info Please wrote:
The woman in the picture appears to be wearing an officers uniform.Why use an expensive officer, to fill snack orders? Isn't an officer hired to actually work in the jail guarding prisoners?
The BSO uniform is dark green pants and a White shirt,she is not an officer,even the civilian jail employee's wear the Green and White
Mel here

Pompano Beach, FL

#22 May 17, 2009
The "druggie" inmates NEED the junk food as they are detoxing. If they had only followed the law in the first place, they would not be in this situation.
inmate

Gainesville, FL

#23 May 17, 2009
don't forget the view we have of the New River, all those babes on boats

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