JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time? Ben: TV, cards, chess, checkers. These things were
available to everybody. Inmates are given
unsolved crime cards (face cards)and get a
reward if they can help solve a crime on the back
of the card. We called them "snitch cards".
Basketballs were available for rec time. Rec time
was once a week on Saturdays.
JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details. Ben: When I was in there it was football season, and in
jail, sports rule. If sports are on, that is what
you will be watching. I saw a couple fights over
the TV but it was over which game they wanted to
JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail? Ben: No, I weighed about 300 lbs when I went in, but
when I got out I was about 260. I didn't like the
food so I hardly ate it. I would buy commissary
food. I ate once a day, and while I was watching
TV I would walk around the pod for exercise.
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? Ben: When I was on work pod I got to go outside
JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held? Ben: I never went to church. It was held every
Wednesday. There were 5 different churches and
you had to sign up to go.