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Leisure Time

Interview with Tom and Joe

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Tom: there was nothing available for leisure time, no books, nothing
Joe: once a week we had church but it all depended if the officers would let us go or not. also depending on the officers they would let us go out to another room without a ceiling and that was our reck yard and our time to catch some sun and fresh air

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Tom: No there was no access to any type of entertainment
Joe: we had two newspapers put in our pod along with one set of chess, three decks of cards to play with, two chekered boards and a set of dominoes. We had no access to tv or a radio and once we got called out of our cells we couldnt go back in so we had to sit or walk circles around the pod.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Tom: I was not there long enough
Joe: no i didnt i made it a priority to work out twice a day by doing push ups and sit ups.

JM: How often did you get to go outside? What did you do outside if you were allowed to? If you were not allowed to go outside what could you do for exercise?
Tom: never
Joe: on the manual book it says we are alloewed to go outside once a day for an hour but it depended on the officer. When we were outside we were only allowed to walk circles in the yard and we couldnt work out or it was 5 days in solitary confinement.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Tom: not while I was there
Joe: yes they did once a week depending if the officer would let us go or not and they helped pass the time. They were held in another room that was like a conference room

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