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Interview with Mizzell and Neil

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Mizzell: Games and books in prison only
Neil: TV. Cards. Checkers. Books were also avialable if you wanted titles. Also could get a Bible very easily. We also had church service on Sunday. Sometimes, very rarely though, we could go out into the court yard area if the weather was good and the staff was ok with it.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Mizzell: Yes in prison none in county
Neil: The tv was on most of the time...however, I had very little choice (lets say I had no choice) in what I wanted to watch. The TV was controlled by the inmates that were either in groups or had been there a long time. I did not care that much about the TV anyway.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Mizzell: No in prison incounty yes
Neil: I would say yes. I lost a good amount of weight while I was in jail. This was not a healthy weight loss choice for myself.

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?
Mizzell: After seven am untilled dark at the county maybe once a week
Neil: I would say we would get to go out only once a week if they weather was good and the staff was ok with this. Walk around the cell block was just about the only exercise inside.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Mizzell: Yes just about every day and nite in prison in the county once a week on wen
Neil: Yes they did. They were held on Sunday and an outside church would sponsor the service. It would last about an hour or so and was VERY helpful.

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