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Interview with Jared, Bree, George, Sherry and Timothy

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Jared: cards and tv when you can hear it
Bree: there was no other facilities. they either came with a library cart so we can read books or we could play card or board games. some people would draw or write poetry to pass time by. they wouldnt let us excersise so we didnt have many choices to choose from
George: the tv usually had some reality crap on at night time which gets shut off at ten o clock.There was a book lady that would come by once a week and deliver books to the inmates to read.That's pretty much how i passed the time.there were playing cards so you can play card games.I probably read 20 books while there.
Sherry: well once a day you could go to rec. its a square box where fresh air gets in and you can exercise. hopefully some sunlight would come in as well. another privilege that can be taken. as well as church a few times a week. A G.E.D program. Or become a trustee.
Timothy: In the tent area we had 1 hour daily or rec time, we got to actually go outside onto a concrete recreation area. They had volleyball to play, or you could just enjoy the sun. We also had about 4 hours or so of free time, they had board games, and a limited selection of tv channels we could watch.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Jared: no
Bree: the only type of entertainment we had was the tv, phone, card/board games, reading, writing, drawing, going to religious groupings and eatting. they wont let you use the computer unless its for ged classes or college courses no exceptions. thats all i can think of that they would let us do
George: there was a tv but its not like the other inmates asks what everyone wants to watch.Seen a fight breakout over the simpsons,someone made the comment "my kid watches the simpsons".Its pretty much mob rules when it came to the only means of communication with outside besides books.After seeing that i didn't care what we watched.
Sherry: Generally it was a dorm vote on what to watch but there were disagreements as always. however each dorm had two t.v.'s so that made it a little easier. I mean know one in jail except the few die hard nascar fans want to sit in jail and watch cars go round and round. OMG ANOTHER LEFT HAND TURN!!!!!
Timothy: They had 2 tvs for about 40 people. So more or less majority rules. But in the tents its a lot more civil, in the stockade one guy might run the only tv in there just cuz he can, its seems a lot more democratic in the tents, if 20 people wanna watch wrestling, they'd put that on.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Jared: no that is all you do is pushups
Bree: yes! once you go in all you do is sit around and eat, they wont allow you to excersise thats not very healthy if ya ask me
George: yes there wasn't any gym or anything to walk in they would let us outside for a half hour a day but you didn't want walk around another groups block.
Sherry: yes and no by no means did I get super huge but I put on thirty pounds in nine months. Funny never thought of that before.
Timothy: I had a hard time not loosing weight, the meal portions they feed you are so small. I had some commissary but it wasn't enough to keep me from loosing 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?
Jared: once in away
Bree: they only let us out to recreation twice a week if that. we did not get to go outside for that. it is like a room that is outside with a roof over our heads and cameras all over the place. you get to see a little bit of the sun and the building next to it. not that exciting.
George: once a day for a half an hour.i just basically stood in one spot and soaked in the sun and enjoyed the fresh air.All one could do is walk around in front of the other cell blocks at your own risk.
Sherry: I never got to go outside. We were allowed to exersize in the reck room and some officers would allow us to walk laps in the dorm. others would not.
Timothy: We went outside once a week, played volleyball ran around the concrete area, they didn't have any workout equipment but people would work out their own way.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Jared: yes on sunday in a meeting room
Bree: yes they did couple times a week. they would mainly hold them in the recreation room or the meeting room
George: Yes the jail offered it but i never went.I went once but it reminded me too much of outside life.It was held on Tuesday nights.
Sherry: Yes. They were peaceful. sometimes boring and just a way to get to go see a different set of four walls but the people that came in were wonderful. they were held in the rec room.
Timothy: Yes they had church, sundays at 10:00 am i believe, i went one time. It was nice to get out of my tent, and to hear an uplifting message.

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