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Interview with Richard and Donna

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Richard: Rec time, watch TV, smoke breaks, books. They also had board games. I don't like board games so I don't know what they were.
Donna: We had a quiet room that had books and some games for us to play. The guards had some art supplies that they would let us use if we wanted to make cards or things for our families or children. There were also people who brought NA and AA mettings into the jail and they offered some classes like GED and domestic violence.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Richard: You can only watch whatever the guards put on. There is only one TV and the inmates don't get to choose.
Donna: We had a television and there was a piece of paper on the wall and you could write down if there was a certain program or movie that you wanted to watch. There was arguments every once in a while between people who would write down what they wanted to watch and someone would change it.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Richard: They let us work out, so no. You can also work out in your own cell.
Donna: YES!!! The rec room is really small with a basketball hoop and one basketball. If you wanted to talk you had to walk in circles in the dorm or in the rec room which was hard to do because of the people roaming around during the times we were out of lockdown.

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?
Richard: Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Donna: We got to go outside once a day or whenever the guards felt nice enough to let us go out. As long as the other female dorm was not scheduled to go out we could go out. We just sat out there and talked and enjoyed the fresh air. We were on the third floor so we could not see anything but the sky. If we could no go outside there was not really anything to do for exercise.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Richard: Yes, every night.
Donna: Our jail did have a church service on sunday in the quiet room. I did not attend them. I prayed and read my bible on my bunk.

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