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Interview with Jenna, Diane, Norman and Andrea

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Jenna: none - you could read if they remembered to bring in books - we were low priority - the tv was broken - cards was the only thing you could do - if you ordered pen and paper you could write
Diane: Television, cards, newspapers sometimes
Norman: we either could go on the yard or stay in our block during the day. most of the time we seemed to be on lockdown due to something going on in the jail so spent alot of time in my cell with my cellmates they did have books we could read
Andrea: there is a concrete slab you can walk on every few days there is one tv in the cell block books are passed around once or twice a week playing cards are sometimes around some board games are complete enough to play they have aa & na meetings sometimes too also there are days when you are allowed visitors

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Jenna: it was not available - only one tv - and it was broken -
Diane: competition was fierce, we lost the tv a few times because girls couldn't agree on what to watch.
Norman: it was really hard to get anywhere close to the tv or any type of entertainment due to the amount of people in the block. when we were let out people would swarm the tv and all the entertainment or any of the things we had to do so it was hard
Andrea: you have to wait to get into a game & keep winning to stay in a game, so parter games are competitive & can get loud and ugly sometimes, board games are a waste of time - since gaurds will not let save games, to be able to complete it

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Jenna: of course -
Diane: yes
Norman: you could say that the food you are given is horrible its like they cut all protein from your diet. meat was not real meat so you become sluggish and unenergized unless you wanted to go to the canteen and spend way too much money on anything filling and good
Andrea: yes - it is impossible to stay fit, walk area is small & only given twice a week if things are good. You can not do alone exercises because guards, find that inciting

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?
Jenna: never - it is an all indoor facility
Diane: about every other day for about 30 minutes, if we were lucky
Norman: we were supposed to be able to go outside at least once a day but sometimes due to whats going on inside the jail we were unable to due to lockdowns
Andrea: you were allowed to go outside up to twice a week an hour at a time if guards felt it was deserving. you can walk around

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Jenna: if someone from the free world would volunteer it would have been available - as it stood the time i was there they didn't have anyone volunteering
Diane: Yes I went once. It was just a room full of girls listening to a woman speak. We sang a little. It helped to pass the time. It was on a Sunday I believe.
Norman: not that i knew of so i dont know i never was told or given that option to go or not
Andrea: yes - they would let a certain amount of people sign up for services. then the day of the service they will call you out to go to a room they have available

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