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Interview with Jerry and Pat

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Jerry: There are few things to do here as in most jails. They have a kitchen to work in, laundry room, outside maintenance, porter jobs,, AA/NA, various religious services, a small library, barber shop, and a small semi outdoor yard on the roof. On the roof you can play hand ball or basketball.
Pat: They offered sewing class a lady came in every tuesday and taught the girls how to sew with machines and stuff we made blankets for foster kids and blankets for the pound hair ties and stuff, we also got to go to school the teacher came once a week, and if you qualified you do trustee work around the jail.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Jerry: They are very good about making sure everyone gets a chance at "roof" as they call it. It usually comes out to about two roof visits a week. The only thing that is hard to get is in the barber shop. squally the people who have court soon get first priority. They usually only let three or four people go at any time.
Pat: Thats where it got tricky some of the gaurds would have there favorites in there and if you werent in good with the gaurds you might not get to go that day or at all they would take the ones they liked and tell you there isnt room for you to go so you got to sit in your tank all day.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Jerry: I had no problem working out here. The only requirement is keeping your clothes on while you workout, other than that working out is allowed.
Pat: yeah I went from 185 pounds to 265 we never got to excercize we could walk circles around are tank but that got old all you could do was sit on your bunk and read

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?
Jerry: The roof is the only direct sunlight available. The only inmates who get to do maintenance outside the jail are low level inmates. most inmates exercise in groups by their bed or in the day room,
Pat: We would get to go to the roof maybe once or twice a week and that was depending on the weather, we could sometimes get a ball from the gaurd and play hand ball or just walk circles around the roof,if we didnt go outside we didnt do much.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Jerry: I never went to a service but service leaders come from outside all the time. bible study, Koran study etc. Generally the service is on a weekend evening.
Pat: They did offer church services on sundays and thursdays sundays was for all tanks except S and while I was in S tank I had to fight for my services write several grievances and put inmate requests in for me to be allowed to go.

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