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Interview with Alex, Javier and Kyle

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Alex: The jail contained a basketball court and I was able to watch tv, play cards, read books, and attend church services.
Javier: You are provided with books, cards, chess, checkers, cable T.V., and a basketball court. You can also sign up for GED or Culinary class if allowed.
Kyle: It was a basketball court where I spent my hour shooting around I always used basketball as an escape from my problems so being able to play in jail obviously help relieve my stress there was also a room to sit and watch tv in and play dominos if u didn't play ball

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Alex: I did not have regular access to the entertainment. For example, many people always wanted to watch tv and we often times had to vote on which channel would be watched.
Javier: Access was always pretty good. Though youre always sure to get that man who will hide the cards or chess board.
Kyle: We had regular access to a tv that had cable programs we would mostly watch espn news or sportscenter no one really wanted to get more time for not being able to watch what they want but we all man and shared an interest in sports. A lot of guys spoke on when they use to play school ball

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Alex: I did not have a hard time staying in shape while in jail. We did not have weights, but I was able to keep lean by doing calisthenics.
Javier: Yes. It is a great place to go if you want to shed some pounds but if you are very into being fit i feel for you. You don't eat right and there is no gym. You basically have to stick to calisthenics if you want to exercise.
Kyle: No you have to much free time to be out of shape so u just do push ups and sit ups when in your cell

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?
Alex: I was able to go outside daily for up to eight hours.
Javier: Rarely. It depends on your Block Officer and then on your Sergeant. In the 6 months that i was there i only went out on the yard 3 times.
Kyle: You could go out for an hour that's where I use to play ball but if the weather was bad you would stay in an do push ups

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Alex: Church services were offered on Sundays. The setting was similiar to that of a small, simple church or classroom.
Javier: Yes they did. I'm not very religious so i never went but i do know that they were offered a lot and you could even receive free bibles and reading material of all religions.
Kyle: I was never offered church service but I still prayed and kept my faith each and everyday in a place like jail you need god

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