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Interview with Ellen

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Ellen: Narcotics Anonymous came and did a panel, we had options for GED, or high school diploma or church on Sundays but that was mainly it we had a basketball court but girls there made us loose privileges by misuse of the court. We had TV time where we all agreed on a movie or program depending on how much time we had.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Ellen: It was basically first come first serve. The first 10-20 people where able to go. When that happened it was very limited on being able to go. But as I am a member of the narcotics anonymous it was very important for me to go hear the message and was very disappointed. I was driving myself crazy being locked up in a little room all the time

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Ellen: yes there is no daily exercise there sometimes basketball but very rarely. We ate and laid down or got back to our cell. It was very difficult to be active 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?
Ellen: exercise was like 2 times a week or so depends on the deputy. waling on the basketball area in circles or basketball. I always gained lots of weight in jail from lack of exercise.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Ellen: Yes on Sundays we had option of Catholic or Christian and English or Spanish. Everyone had that option. I enjoyed Sunday Mass

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