Prison Shopping Lists
What if you could write a list and have your family or friends go shopping for you? All you would have to do is fill out a form that helped them to know what to purchase. You’d get to know the prices ahead of time so you can make a decision as to whether you wanted to buy that item or not based on your budget. Well, since prison inmates don’t have the luxury of shopping in the store for the items they need, they instead, have to fill out a form called a commissary list. It’s just like having a family shop for you.
Most likely a correctional officer would do all the shopping, perhaps even an inmate that worked at the commissary would do it. An inmate would be given a commissary list (pictured below) that included a lot of different items such as food, hair products, healthcare items, and things like stamps and batteries. There are a lot of various items on the list. In fact, it is two pages long (click here for the second page).
The rules for using the list are strict, most likely because they had so many orders to fill. There are not substitutions or additions allowed. However, if you didn’t fill it out correctly, the paper says that it would be discarded. Although inmates are forbidden to do so, some trade these items since they don’t have enough money to pay for them. If caught, the administration would certainly discipline them.
Read over the list below and let me know what you think about it in the comment section.