During WYSO’s community voices course at Dayton Correctional Institution, the topic of prison food kept coming up. Dayton Correctional Institution gets its official prison food from a service that’s been wracked with controversy, but residents with funds available are able to supplement with commissary items. Aimee Wissman, one of the students in our class at the prison, told us she makes her own Chinese food in the microwave by “frying” rice in butter and orange pop. It turns out everyone at DCI has their own food-related wizardry—recipes made from simple ingredients purchased in the commissary with just a microwave oven to do the cooking. Aimee went around the yard to collect some favorites.
Women’s Voices from Dayton Correctional Institution is a series of stories based on WYSO’s Community Voices class at the prison on the west side. WYSO selected 10 incarcerated women through a competitive application process, and taught them interviewing, storytelling and recording skills. The series is produced and mixed by managing editor Lewis Wallace and Community Voices producer Renee Wilde, with volunteer support from Community Voices graduate Dr. Venita Kelley and editorial input from general manager Neenah Ellis.