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Pierce County Jail Leisure Time, Washington

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Interview with Ryan, Alex, George, Diana and Maria

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Ryan: BOOKS, CHURCH, TV
Alex: Mostly just TV and religious programs.
George: CARDS, TV
Diana: I attended. Said GED class when I was in jail but it didn't pass time. It was only a few days so I missed the program I also would go to law library to look up my case when I had the chance I'd go to church to pray .no
Maria: Well in the Pierce County Jail, there was only TV and cards, and that was it. We'd have tournaments of spades' games. I didn't play very well, because I wasn't familiar with the game. But I did my best to learn it, knowing that to be a good spades player might be my only salvataion.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Ryan: REGULAR ACCESS
Alex: Good luck. It seemed very one sided to choose what was on TV.
George: WEIGHTING LISTS
Diana: Did you have access to entertainment no there was no entertainment sometimes guards would turn on TVs but mostly no so I'd just read a books to keep entertainment flowing or write letters to my friends to keep up with current events I would read the newspaper every morning are breakfast
Maria: Well, there were the TV wars...you know, when the girls all wanted to watch something different; they'd get downright nasty sometimes, calling each other names, and all sorts of shit: taking their food and doing strange things with it, like maklng charactatures of the others that were just off the hook!

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Ryan: NO
Alex: Yes. There was a small concrete court yard but most people wouldn't want to do push ups or sit ups because of people who spit on the floor. Most people just walk around the day room. It's 56 laps around the tables for 1 mile.
George: YES
Diana: No I didn't have a hard time staying in shape in jail because I washit eating alot and I walked
Maria: I gained soooo much weight. I STILL haven't lost it, and it's been since '97. All there was to DO was eat.

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?
Ryan: EVERY THIRD DAY
Alex: Only access to a SMALL courtyard every other day.
George: NEVER
Diana: I only went outside to go to court for exercise I'd walk around the dorm or do site ups in my cell also I'd do squats
Maria: Well, when I was in the Pierce County Jail, we couldn't really go outside; well, I think I remember us going up to the roof.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Ryan: ONCE A WEEK, ONE HOUR LONG, ENJOYABLE
Alex: They were offered at least a few times a week and they were held in a small TV room off the main floor.
George: YES, SHORT FULL AND NOT OFTEN
Diana: No I never been to jail church services I wasn't aware of the program I would of went if I knew
Maria: Yes. At the Pierce County Jail, they DID offer church services, but I only attended once, and that was enough for me! I was taken to this room that was all stone, like the rest of the jail; there were NO religious symbols: No crosses, or anything or that nature. It sucked ass.

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