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Interview with Jim and Jerry

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Jim: you could rent out books
Jerry: In 3 months, I was allowed outside twice. There were no windows, it was absolutely miserable. Once a week I requested two books, most weeks I got the same two books. The television was on basketball 24/7 because most inmates were NBA fans which I am not. I like nascar.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Jim: it was fierce sometime you got outside rec if the co wanted to let you out
Jerry: I was one of only 3 white guys so there was no chance in getting the tv channel changed. It was March madness and there was no talking or negotiating about the tv. It was on the basketball game e's every minute it was allowed to be turned on for us.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Jim: no that was a major part of making time pass
Jerry: Yes because there was nothing to work out with and no room to do anything else. Food was scarce, two hot dogs was the only meal with meat each week so without protein it was pretty miserable.

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?
Jim: not ver twice a week if allowed
Jerry: I was only allowed to go outside twice. The first time I spent the time just walking around and enjoying the sunshine. The second time I played basketball.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Jim: yes wed or thuresday night it was nice they had people come in and you sang and read some chapter from bible
Jerry: Not to people in my block that I was aware of. Many things were restricted in that block. Don't know why I wasthere.

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