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Interview with Deidre

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Deidre: We did have many priveleges allowed to us to pass the time. We had cable television, two tv's total, one for cell one and two, another for cell three and four. We had magazines and books. We were allowed writing materials to write letters along with having crayons, coloring books, puzzle books, and cards.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Deidre: Yes, we had access to television as long as we were not locked down with the television taken away for punishment of contraband. But, even at these times, we did have paper to write letters, and cards to play with, along with books and magazines. We were never without something to at least do while I was there.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Deidre: Yes, It is so incredibly tiny it is near impossible to move or to exercise in the amount that it would do any good.

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?
Deidre: Sometimes it may be two weeks, but other times we did get out once a week. I walked back and forth when I got to go outside. I guess you could do sit ups or squats but that is no kind of aerobic exercise for the heart.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Deidre: Yes, every Sunday there was about 30 minutes or so of church services, and also about an hour on Tuesday evenings.

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