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Interview with Clinton and Tyrone

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Clinton: I worked a lot. They unlock you after your shift for about 3 hours. That's the time you can shower, watch TV and make phone calls. Bedtime is at 9. You can request whatever book you want. You can ask by author and you will usually get it within 3 days.
Tyrone: Books, phone, TV, drawing. Working out. That's pretty much how I passed my time.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Clinton: Its a fight waiting to happen all the time with the TV. Usually the older guys stay out of the TV room because all the young guys want to do is watch rap videos.
Tyrone: 20 people come out in the pod at the same time. Everybody wants to use the remote and the phones at the same time. You can put in a request form for a book and they also had a stack of them on the TV.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Clinton: No, the diet was terrible. I lost almost 40 lbs. I went in heavy at 240 and now I'm 200. They don't care if you eat or not.
Tyrone: Not really. The food was kind of nasty so I lost weight.

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?
Clinton: Never, just to the caged trash area because I was working. Getting in the yard is really hard and even there you don't get direct sunlight.
Tyrone: Yes, they have a little yard. It's like a cage with an open roof so air will come in and the sun will hit you. Once a week.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Clinton: Yes, bible study twice a week every week. They were held in the TV room.
Tyrone: Yes they did have a chaplain. He wouldn't come around like he was supposed to. He was supposed to come in every Saturday. He would just come randomly.

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