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Travis County Jail Leisure Time, Texas

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Interview with Burt, Daniel, David and Donald

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Burt: ANY either if you were working or going to classes
Daniel: We were either playing card games, dominoes, reading books, or going out to the rec yard.
David: We got to go outside twice a day. They had basketaball, they had a track, they had some weights.
Donald: We got one hour a day outside for physical exercise or enjoyment. There was books available to read. We had TV privileges certain hours of every day. There were also some games available to do with other inmates. Other than that not much else to do except count the days.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Burt: i personally had a radio as entertainment but you had to have radio to tune n on tv stations to hear the tv
Daniel: Um, there were 2 tv's in every block, but I personally played poker of dominoes most of the time.
David: They had tv in dorm that would stay on until 11pm when rec was over. We voted on what we wanted to watch. Sometimes there would be a guy who tried to run the tv but that didn't happen all the time.
Donald: I had regular access to what little was made available. Besides games, books, TV, and outside time there was nothing else. You know these answers have to be way to long. It should be available if you want to type fifty words but making you do it is ridiculous. Thanks.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Burt: i did bc all i would do is make spreads and sleep
Daniel: No, cause there's no excuse. I had time to do whatever, and I was in the best shape of my life.
David: No. I pretty much went outside everyday for exercise.
Donald: No I did not have a hard time staying in shape in jail. I have never worked out and didn't in jail.

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?
Burt: 1 time a day
Daniel: For like 2 hours a day, unless you were on lockdown.
David: All the time, twice a day.
Donald: We got one hour a day outside. You could shoot hoops, run around or do other exercises. Or just sit in the sunshine which was refreshing.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Burt: yes, but never went
Daniel: Yes, but I never went. I think they held them on like Sundays, not sure.
David: They had church durng week and three or four differenct service on Sunday. It was held in the cafeteria. It was nice. That had a choir and music from the inmates.
Donald: Yes that did offer church services. I have no idea what it was like because I did not attend theses services.

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