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Interview with Earl

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Earl: We didn't have any types of facilities to pass the time. All we had to pass the time was a TV, playing cards, checkers, and sometimes a checker board. We split the TV up. We did cleaning by cells, so whoever cleaned up on that day got to operate the TV that day.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Earl: Yes we had a TV and we split up the time with it, whoever cleaned up got to operate the TV on that day. We was also able to purchase playing cards off the commissary, and every Christmas they brought around two checker boards for each cell block, which I thought was pretty nice of them.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Earl: No, I didn't. They did not have a weight yard but you could very easily do push ups and sit ups and stay in decent shape. Some people ended up in better shape than when they come in.

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?
Earl: We got to go outside once a week. Most of the time they would come around early in the morning when they knew no one would want to go out. When we did go out we had to constantly be moving, we wasn't allowed to stand around.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Earl: Yes the jail offered church services. They was an hour long and held on every Monday in the cell block. We would have the same people for a month then we would have someone else come to do the services.

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