The inmates at DCJ have the option to buy food and toiletry items from what's called the "commissary", which is really a cart wheeled around the tanks. Many inmates avoid buying commissary items on principle, as the markups are astronomical. For example, a packet of dry soup that would probably cost you about 25 cents is priced at $1.50 each by Keefe Commissary Services. I've literally even heard the DCJ guards talking about this - one comment ended with "geez, I could get that for 18 cents at Wal-Mart".
Last week, Keefe Commissary Services decided to hike prices at DJC even further. Believing that a satisfied customer is an informed customer (yes, I'm being sarcastic), the commissary cart carried a sign announcing the price hike. The sign also had an explanation attached, blaming the inmates for the price hike as Keefe's sales at DJC were too low. I've asked James to write down the sign's message verbatim, so look for it next week.