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A Day in the Life of Casey Anthony

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For accused killer and mom Casey Anthony, the party is over.

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By all accounts Casey Anthony is a liar. She's consistently lied to detectives, to her parents and even quite possibly to herself about the whereabouts of her three-year-old daughter Caylee Marie. But, these days, Casey Anthony is easy to find. Currently she spends every day, every minute in the Orange County Jail in Florida awaiting trail for first-degree murder. For a woman with a reputation for being a so-called party girl, it would seem the party is over.

And Casey is not any typical jailhouse resident. She is housed under the category of "Protective Custody Level One" in the high-security section of the Female Detention Center. "Protective Custody Level One," Orange County Corrections Public Information Officer Allen Moore tells momlogic, "should not be confused with isolation or solitary confinement. [Those terms] refer to a cell and custody status used for behavioral and disciplinary purposes and would normally involve a small windowless cell."

Casey does have a window, of sorts --  her 12.5' x 7' cell has a floor-to-ceiling clear door made of Lexan, a clear polymer-like glass. She has zero privacy and never comes in contact with the other 652 inmates who also reside in the detention unit.

"Most high profile inmates -- either by case type or celebrity status -- are placed in protective custody" explains Moore. "It's for their own safety." Past inmates in Casey's jail have included Backstreet Boys creator and convicted embezzler Lou Pearlman and heartbroken astronaut Lisa Nowak.

So how does Casey spend her time? Her schedule is strict. She has one hour a day to take a shower, sit in the dayroom and make collect calls from the jail phone. She can access books from a library cart to take back to her cell to read.

According to Moore, jail officers say Casey is "an avid reader." Unfortunately, the exact titles of her library selections, which could include novels and textbooks, are not released to the public. Catching up on the classics might be Casey's only way to pass the time. Inmates in her category are not allowed to watch TV or use a computer. For the very social Casey, emailing and IMing her friends is a thing of the past.

But she does have visitors, almost exclusively from her attorney Jose Baez and other lawyers on his team. Moore explains, "Attorneys are allowed to visit anytime -- day or night." Her family however, has not stopped by. Casey, says Moore, "has restricted her video visits to family members only. She has had no video visitations scheduled during her present incarceration."

How does the incarcerated Casey stay healthy? She, like most women, has a workout schedule. Weather permitting. For one hour a day, Casey is allowed to get exercise outside in the jail yard. It's no 24-Hour Fitness either -- no weights or other equipment are provided, but she is allowed to use a basketball or volleyball.

And, of course, Casey dines three times a day. Delicious dishes served in the Orange County Jail vary from sausage patties for breakfast to scalloped ham and noodles for dinner. We're guessing that none of it would be confused with a four-star restaurant.

Here is Casey's complete menu for Wednesday November 12:


  • Cornflakes
  • Cheese
  • Donut
  • Enriched bread (2 slices)
  • Margarine with vitamin A
  • Sugar packet
  • Milk with 1% with vitamin A & D


  • Beef patty and gravy
  • Sliced potatoes
  • Northern beans
  • Enriched bread (2 slices)
  • Cake
  • Beverage with vitamin C


  • Chicken patty and gravy
  • Rice
  • Green beans
  • Enriched bread (2 slices)
  • Cake/Cookie
  • Beverage with vitamin C

And for some this might be the hardest restriction to endure: If Casey craves an after-meal smoke, she's out of luck. Since 1993, there is no smoking in the Orange County Jail system.

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39 comments so far | Post a comment now
viv November 13, 2008, 9:05 AM

Wow looks like a good menu to me provided by my taxes and all the while people around the world dying of hunger and on top of that, people who pity her are sending her money donations so she can get even more goodies. Ohh how I wish I can live in another planet because this one is so f**ked up.

Nicole November 13, 2008, 9:29 AM

I have seen this reported on the news as well. Not sure why people are so facinated by the way she is living in prison. She is being offered and given the same thing every other inmate gets its annoying how the media is portraying it as if she is getting special treatment. Im confused as to why people care so much as to how she is living in prison…its jail figure it out.

connie November 13, 2008, 10:06 AM

I’m not thinking she’s getting special treatment different from other inmates. But when you see that menu, it kind of angers me when you hear inmates in general complain about the food in jail. For pete’s sake, they aren’t in a hotel, they are in JAIL! And for a reason I might add. We pay for them to be well fed and taken care of.

Jill November 13, 2008, 10:42 AM

We should be looking for the little girl, not focusing on how she lives. I’m sure her attorney-boyfriend is teling her how many websites, news channels, etc. are reporting about her… she’s probably loving it.

MomLogic, please focus on that little girl and the trial, not the day-to-day activities of a presumed child-killer.

ftknows November 13, 2008, 10:45 AM

This is ridiculous. Why are we caring about Casey’s safety in jail?
She typically sings like a canary, she could be out among the prisoner population yapping like there is no tomorrow which would probably result in FINDING OUT WHERE SHE BURIED HER DAUGHTER, hello !!!!
All the jail and her lawyers, especially jose, have done so far is hinder an investigation.

007 November 13, 2008, 10:52 AM

I don’t think we need to hear about her menus and if/when/how she spends the money in her account. What does this have to do with anything?

Vita David November 13, 2008, 11:34 AM

Why is this supposed to be interesting…I could care less how she spends her day, what she eats or if she has a window. Apparently she is not concerned about them finding her poor baby, and making her rest, I want to know how she sleeps at night and functions during the day, knowing that that poor poor baby is out there.

Denise from az November 13, 2008, 11:36 AM

What Casey Anthony needs is to come to Phoenix and live in sheriff Joe’s tent city eating the famous green bologna sandwiches and working on the only female chain gang in the country.
She is in paradise.

Veronica November 13, 2008, 11:46 AM

Do you still “sympathize” with Casey Anthony, as you stated in your previous post? Yech.

El Mo Man November 13, 2008, 2:17 PM

I agree with Jill and Nicole. This is prison we’re talking here. She’s not living a glamorous lifestyle.(keep in mind in this country you are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.) She’s eating stale bread and old cornflakes. They should be focusing more on the case rather than pointing out “how good she has it”. You people are making it seem like she’s on vacation.

Pasco Mom November 13, 2008, 3:31 PM

Don’t you realize that you’ve just provided CNN’s Nancy Grace with an entire evenings worth of programming? Honestly, there is nothing too trivial pertaining to Casey Anthony that isn’t covered by Nancy Grace; her commissary account balance, her purchases from a sports bra to a ponytail holder. Casey’s diet and cuisine seem all-important to some people as does her daily regimen during the one hour out of her cell.

Why can’t everyone cut through the minutiae and realize that Casey Anthony’s lies and deception, her actions and silence as to the whereabouts of her daughter simply reinforce her guilt of first degree murder?

LESPAL November 13, 2008, 4:09 PM

I wish I could have cake twice in 1 day!!!

Loot November 14, 2008, 7:18 AM

Although it´s probably true that the Nancy Grace team will be able to spend a few shows solely on this matter, I for one do find it very interesting to picture where this woman lives with her sordid secrets.

Maribeth November 14, 2008, 9:33 AM

I heard last night that when the news of a “possible” breakthru in the case (bag found in lake with child contents), that Casey turned away and went back to her cell DURING the breakthru news. I can’t believe how icy cold she is. Now, I do agree that it was not news to her since she KNEW that nothing found pertained to Caylee because she KNOWS where the body is and it’s not where they (searchers) are looking. I hope she gets the harshest sentence handed down.

Anonymous November 14, 2008, 1:14 PM

What I find really disturbing is how many people seem to believe that Caylee’s remains must be found before ‘she can rest’ or before ‘she can be at peace.’ What a cruel and terrifying world you people must live in if you believe that Caylee (her soul or her ghost or whatever) is somehow suffering or unable to find peace until her remains are found. It may provide some amount of closure to the family and the people following the case, but if you believe that it will somehow make dead Caylee ‘feel’ better or ‘rest peacefully’ then you are a nutjob.

Jesse November 14, 2008, 3:36 PM

I am so addicted to this case. I was thinking yesterday though that the media should stop helping the Anthony’s. I mean, after all, the person who has all the information, refuses to come clean. Obviously the Anthony’s don’t care about this little girl. Why should we????

Meeps November 18, 2008, 2:26 PM

I wonder how her family is paying for Henry Lee to join the team who’s paying for him and that cobalinsky scientist guy, they are top people in their profession, did they get the reward of 225,000 given to them since noone can find Caylee, her mom knows that Blanchard park is full of alligators, and seems like she might have put her in for the critters, and maybe thats why she has no scared look on her face, she probably witnessed the whole thing, the sick bi—-.

Jade November 21, 2008, 3:48 PM

Go the the Anthony’s house—-DIG UP that CONCRETE SLAB………….Find out exactly WHEN IT WAS INSTALLED!!!Nancy Grace is wrong on this one—- the Anthony’s KNOW where Caylee is buried..that’s why ole Cindy changed her tune about everything. Go find Mr. Brother Lee… he knows too. What is wrong with you people? She’s right under their nose. Beat the crap out of Casey.. Put her in with the other inmates and let them GET HER TO TALK!

kemper1 November 23, 2008, 5:04 PM

Well, we know that Casey A. is able to eat, read, and has no photos of Caylee in her cell. That says alot, in my opinion. She is still showing no emotion over loss of her child, which is very sick. She is a true sociopath, and could be a danger to ANYONE who crossed her, including her parents.

lulu4 November 23, 2008, 5:34 PM

I think when the time is right, Casey will come up with some shattering story that will probably bring her whole family down. Such as abuse, blackmail, threats etc…She will stop at nothing to save herself. It’s a miracle her parents are still alive. She made the statement that the house was hers…scary thought.

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