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Upshur County Jail Leisure Time, Texas

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Leisure Time

Interview with castly and Sarah

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
castly: I never saw any type of leisure type place while I was at this place. I was held and confined at my immediate holding area. I did not ask for any type of fun or leisure type thing. I was told there was a television viewing area and a couple of other excercise areas. But once again, I did not visit any and I did not know of any to go to.
Sarah: throwing a ball at a brick wall, watch tv, play cards

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
castly: I never tried to gain access to entertainment. As a matter of fact, I had heard through the prison grapevine that the real entertainment was waiting for the next prisoner to be executed. I was told that the entertainment that was available was not worth the time and was in no way entertainment. I also heard that there were long lines to view the planned dialog for a given evening.
Sarah: it was pretty much agreed upon what was going to be watched. its not like we had cable so we pretty much agreed

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
castly: Yes. I did not excercise. I did not walk around. I did not run. And did not socialize at the least bit. I mean when you are the minority it is best to just lay low and keep to yourself. There were no real areas to get enough excercise at for anything. Lifting weights is no real kind of excercise.
Sarah: of coarse but im not a sit up and push up type person

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?
castly: Daily, as we had to go from on building to the next for showers and food/meals. We were also allowed to go outside for fresh air. I liked to go out to see the upcoming weather events. I also like to go outside as this made me feel as though I was free again and part of normal society.
Sarah: i think we went out twice a week

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
castly: Yes. There were several seperate denominations. I am not a religious bearing person so I can not offer too much wording on thisa topic.
Sarah: yes, they were held in our library honestly i dont remember too much about the services i think it was just someting to give me to do`

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