Jodi Arias eats 'slop' in jail, 3TV gives it a try

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- When accused boyfriend killer Jodi Arias was jailed a few years ago, Sgt. Brandon Jones with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office had no idea Arias would become a household name.

"The attention has been unexpected, shocking more or less," said Jones.

That attention doesn't mean Arias is treated differently from her 32 pod mates.

The maximum security inmate wears the same jail house stripes and eats the same food as everyone else does.

Arias gets to eat 2,900 calories a day.

Dinner at the Estrella Jail for women in Phoenix is far from luxurious.

The main course is called "slop" and it’s a stew dish with soy, carrots, and potatoes, no meat.

The meal is accompanied by mashed potatoes, vegetables, bread and a cookie.

I tried the dinner and would describe the "slop" as "surprisingly good" and "tasty."

As for the mashed potatoes they were bland, in need of salt and I wouldn’t eat them.  They were flat, not fluffy, and runny.

The broccoli stems were mushy and undesirable, lacking broccoli heads.

For breakfast Arias gets an apple, peanut butter, bread and a snack during court.

Her morning wakeup call starts between 3 a.m. or 4 a.m.

"She gets ready for court, takes a shower, puts on makeup what have you," said Jones.

The inmates are given a tooth brush, tooth paste, comb and pencil, all of which can fit in the palm of a hand.

Once done grooming, Arias' legs are shackled and she’s driven to court with other inmates.

Once inside the courthouse she changes into civilian clothing.

The nation is intrigued with everything Arias, and that has reporters asking Jones lots of questions like, "What route do deputies take to get arias to court? What time does she get to court?"

"Those are like security questions and we can't give those answers out," said Jones.

You've probably noticed Arias wears loose tops in court.

She needs room underneath her shirts for a stun belt with 50,000 to 70,000 volts.

"The deputy in the court room has the ability to hit a switch and that in essence tase the inmate," Jones said.

Arias also wears a leg brace that prevents inmates from running.

When court wraps Arias returns to jail and her shackles are removed.

She's free to make collect calls or watch C-SPAN, The Food Network or The Weather Channel with her pod mates until 10 p.m.

Inmates don’t have access to television news or the Internet.