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Interview with Todd and Antwon

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Todd: none except for once a week they had church services and an aa class
Antwon: The chapel and the basketball court was the only thing to pass the time because you were on lockdown twenty four hours a day. People watched television,played cards,dominos,ate commissary,talked,listened to radio,draw,talk on the phone to their loved ones, but the main thing people did because they were so depressed was sleep.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Todd: no only a certain number of inmates were allowed out of each wedge to go
Antwon: the only thing we could do was watch 2 channels mainly the news. There was really no entertainment.People had to become creative and try to make the best of the situation. We made up our own games just to keep ourselves sane.If dogs were put and treated like we were it would be called animal cruelty!!

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Todd: not really i did situps pushups walked around the wedge and stuff like that
Antwon: yes because there was no weights and we never got to go outside. There was no room to move around with the amount of people they had crammed in there.

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?
Todd: i got to go outside maybe 3 or 4 times in 7 months for one hour
Antwon: We were allowed to go outside once a month.Play basketball and walk around the basketball court in circles for forty five min to an hour.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Todd: yes they were nice sometimes but alot of people went just to get out of the wedge for a while and see different view they were held on saturdayu mornings
Antwon: Yes. The church services was the only thing that kept me going. We had a great Chaplain and it was offered everyday but it was divided on different days depending on what part of the jail you were in.

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