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Interview with Andres

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Andres: There was a television in the block. About once a week we were allowed to go to a gym-like area. The commissary sold paper, and we were allowed to draw and write. A lot of people did artwork. They were very creative about it. Some people gambled with dice they made out of soap.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Andres: I had no control over the television. If I had tried to change the television, I probably would have been stabbed in my sleep. If you don't like what the long timers have on TV, don't watch it. They just like to watch a bunch of Kardashian crap anyway. It is in no way fun.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Andres: Not in the slightest. It is incredibly easy because there is quite literally nothing else to distract you from exercising.

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?
Andres: Sometimes once a week, but it was only kind of outside. It was basically a concrete room with giant mesh windows that were about 18 feet off the ground up a wall.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Andres: Yes. They had some sort of pastor or minister come into the individual blocks to sermonize. They also provided bibles for free to anyone that requested one.

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