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Interview with Dennis

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Dennis: There were library books, magazines, several different local and national newspapers were available. You could also buy playing cards through commissary to play different games. They sometimes had paper and color pencils to draw with. Also in the outside rec area there was a basketball hoop and a walking track

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Dennis: I had regular access to most of the above entertainment. Sometimes in the rec area it would be hard to get in to. Especially after meals or when there would be a set basketball game between units. As for the newspapers, you had better get up early or people would take them

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Dennis: No, actually it is much easier to exercise in jail because you have nothing but free time on your hands

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?
Dennis: Usually you could go outside twice a day. Basketball and exercise were the two major things to do as well as just soaking up the sun when it would shine in

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Dennis: Yes they held several different denomination services on a weekly or biweekly basis. They were usually held in visiting areas or in the dining room

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