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Pinellas County Jail Leisure Time, Florida

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Interview with Toby, J. Friday, Jeremy, Lisa, Jenny, Brian, Alicia, Darryl and Keith

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Toby: tv, books, cards, games, puzzles.
J. Friday: Basketball, tv, cards, dominoes, magazines, books and food is how you pass the time.
Jeremy: In Central there is a TV room and basketball court.
Lisa: Drug programs and self-betterment programs such as pasrenting, AA, NA, and HIV awareness.
Jenny: They had people come from outside for church group, or the rec yard
Brian: none
Alicia: Cards,games,basketball,reading,church, and movies in some cases as well as TV. most would sleep or just read what ever they could when the could or play cards other then that I cant think of anything else the offered. If you were taking classes one would do home work or have study time with a group
Darryl: Are you joking me.you were lu.cky to get an hour a day on yard call.mistly you jyst lay around and sleep read or watch tv.their not much lseto do or that you can do besides pkay cards and gambling whuch lots of times leads to fights I usualky played cards

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Toby: only the tv. fighting over what channel to play.
J. Friday: I had what I needed. You get things and trade those for other stuff. You'd be suprised how much stuff you accumulate in jail.
Jeremy: The rule among us inmates was that one TV was to be used for sports and news and the other was to be used for tv shows and movies.
Lisa: T.V. and games.
Jenny: There was TV and a few games to play. But we worked it out to where who cleaned up got to rule the remote!
Brian: none
Alicia: Not much to say here coz in every block or pod I was in there was no issues ever. They had areas set up for all books games tv ect, and no one every fought about it. Acouple of the pods would have set times for entertainment and all girls were good with it
Darryl: The only entertainment was like I said,tv or cards.nit much cimoetition to either oi ne.wh oi ever cleaned up that day usually ran the tv unless you had some click of guys who wated to take over the tv which usually led to a fight but not with cards.their was always a spot open

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Toby: no, there was rec daily, and we could exercise in the cells.
J. Friday: I worked on the road crew. I was walking for miles every day.
Jeremy: No. You can play basketball if you want.
Lisa: Yes.
Jenny: Yes. There was not enough room to do any kind of exercising. And even if you got to go outside, there just wasn't anything to do except walk around in a circle.
Brian: food sucks too fatty and no exercise
Alicia: Oh yeah, they no work out area all you would have was what you could do on your bunk or outside.
Darryl: No a few jails had weight rooms and if nit you can do push ups and sit ups.not hard to stay in shape

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?
Toby: usually one hour per day
J. Friday: 5 days a week, 8 hours a day for work. rec is 1 hour a day.
Jeremy: Once. To walk to medical to take my TB test.
Keith: None.
Lisa: Once a day for an hour.
Jenny: It depended on the weather. But usually 2-3 days a week
Brian: never
Alicia: When i was in the A block we were only allowed out for one hour a day,and when your in Medical your not allowed out at all. But the other two i was in we were allowed out all day everyday.
Darryl: If your lucky u get one hr. A day on the yard.you can run or excersuse on the yard.some have basketball crts.i didnt go ou ty at pinnellas

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Toby: services were available and well attended and good.
J. Friday: They did, and I declined.
Jeremy: Yes. But I didnt attend any.
Lisa: Yes. To me it was awful. They always talked about people and their sexual preference. Depending on the building it was either in the dayroom or library.
Jenny: Some. They weren't really all that good. It was more like a bible study class, and it was only maybe once or twice a week.
Brian: no
Alicia: Yes, every Sunday,Wednesday and Thursday. They were about the same but shorter the on the outside but most rewarding for most.
Darryl: I know all jails iffer chyrch services.but I never went.if I cant go when im free im nit ginna start cause im in jail

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