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Interview with Albert, Borata, Keith, Jon, Innocent17, Acer, Taz, Will and James

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Borata: 99 bottles of beer on the wall while we got passed around, moved around from cell to cell.
Keith: At 6 AM the cells open for breakfast, which is server in the housing unit like the rest of the meals, after breakfast you usually are allowed to remain in the dayroom til 8 PM. Sometimes there were certain officers working that locked us down in our cells during the day instead of letting us be in the dayroom. The dayroom had a TV and table for playing cards. That is the extent of our activities.
Jon: I was in for such a sort time, the only sort of leisure was the few hours of television a day.
Innocent17: Luckily fir me, I was in court most of my stay in that hell. From what I know, TV, books and they guys mentioned something about a gym but I don't know anything about it.
Acer: Books tv playin bones cards peeknuckle choppin it up wit different homeys
Taz: There were movies in the chapel
Will: The only type of facility I had to go to was the cafeteria where I worked at preparing meals for the whole twin towers. It was cooked, packaged, and dispersed through out every single dorm and floor. It was so much food that it took about 6-8 hours out of my day
James: there isn't much to do to help pass your time. they have a tv on from 8 am to 10 pm weekedays and until 12 on weekends. the phones stay on that long as well . there is no outside area in the twin towers just a small indoor rec area that has one hoop and if your lucky hair clippers to cut your hair

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Borata: no
Keith: The TV channel was set by the officers, no one had access to change the channel.
Jon: There was no competition for the television as the guards choose when it goes on and when it goes off. The channel was always on KCAL.
Innocent17: Didn't care.
Acer: Na the homeys ran that sh*t.. woods and tintos watch wat we want to watch hah
Taz: Any trustee could go
Will: The only form of entertainment was television. Other than that was my job at the cafeteria which helped pass a significant amount of time. We also had playing cards which was another activity that kept me busy and occupied. The newspaper was very scarce and would only get it a few times a week
James: there is no entertainment. the police put what they want on television, they turn it on and turn it off whenever they feel like it, they only let 2 people per pod to the meetings such as church or aa meetings and if your lucky you get to go to the rec area once a week.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Borata: na
Keith: Yes.
Jon: There was no access to equipment, but there was plenty of time for any other kind of workout.
Acer: Hell no I nvr been in so much shape in my life .. the homeys (southsiders) have 2 to 4 hrs of mandatory workout every day depending on ur rep. Doing burpees all day
Taz: N/A
Will: Being in jail is probably the best and easiest time to work out. I took advantage of every minute doing push ups
James: not really. the only challenge was the available space. its already crowded just being in the jail so finding an empty space is challenging.

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?
Borata: na
Keith: We did not get to go outside at all, the exercise yard was just a bigger indoor cell with a basketball hoop. We were allowed to go to this "outdoor rec" once a week for 1 hour.
Jon: I didn't but was there only for a small amount of time.
Acer: Once a week but that's the cops decision . Once we didn't have yard for like 7 straight weeks . We work out inside.
Taz: Don't remember
Will: We were stuck in the dorm the majority of the time. The only time we were really allowed to go out was to go to the cafeteria.
James: their is no "outside" while your housed in twin towers. the only excersize you get is what you do on your own if your not allowed to the rec area

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Borata: na
Keith: Yes, they church service was held in the common area outside the dayrooms.
Jon: I don't know.
Acer: Yep
Taz: yes
Will: Church services were only about once a week and lasted about an hour. It was a time where most people would just go to, to get out of the dorm
James: Yes they were available but very very very very limited. only 2 per pod was allowed to attend and they were usually only once a week

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