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Strafford County Jail Leisure Time, New Hampshire

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Interview with Freya, Jen and Cathy

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Freya: walk the hall, tv, card and board games. People on work release went outside.
Jen: They had a library with a huge amount of books, there was a shelf of board games and puzzles, there was also a gym type room that had basketball.
Cathy: TV but you had to have a headset/radio in order to hear it-cost was $23.00; board games, cards, reading

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Freya: We took turns watching what we wanted on tv--it was generally amicable.
Jen: We could watch TV, but you had to purchase a headset from the commisary, in order to hear it- in 2006 the head set cost $25.00.
Cathy: You pretty much watched whatever was on. The COs had the remotes but were pretty good about enlisting input from the inmates regarding what programs were to be watched. There was a different movie every night that you could watch and hear without the headset. The movie was played in the meeting room attached to the Unit

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Freya: yes--only lifting chairs, push-ups and sit-ups, walk the hall were available.
Jen: No-there was plenty of space to walk around, and you were allowed to excersize, like sit-ups Jumping Jacks, etc.
Cathy: I was only in for 3 months but I think it would have been difficult had my stay been longer. There is only a square "rec room" that you could do laps in, a basketball hoop and a handball. For the older population, walking was really the only exercise available, but it was boring walking around a small-ish square room and not many inmates took advantage of it. Everyone that had been there for any length of time complained about their weight gain.

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?
Freya: Just walking to and from the nurse's station in another building to get my medications.
Jen: Unless You were on Outside work-release, you were not allowed outside.
Cathy: I was on work release so I went outside every day to work (Monday-Friday). There are no facilities for outside activities at Strafford County. Most inmates are not allowed outside at all.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Freya: No
Jen: Yes the Jail offered services for all denomitions, several times a week.
Cathy: The jail offered many different denominational services several times per week. All services were held in the meeting room attached to the Unit.

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