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Interview with Leo

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Leo: Nothing. One small 19 inch tv bolted way up high so it was hard to watch. We had chess boards and book availability. The rec are was nothing. 10 x 20 maybe for 70 inmates to share. You could never see outside or the sun. It was a dungeon basically.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Leo: There was no entertainment really so everybody shared what was available. Inmates exercised alot so there was room for everyone to find there corners to do pushups and sit ups. The guards frowned on us exercising and always tried to find reasone to make us stop. Some competition over who was strongest

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Leo: I did the best I could because its what my life was about before I went to jail. I would lift water for weight, sand, or dirt.

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?
Leo: We never got to go outside or even see the outside. I would do push ups, sit ups, squats, lift water bags, or do pull ups off stairs

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Leo: They did offer church service that we could attend weekly. It was definately the highlight of many of our weeks.

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