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Interview with Tammy, Tiffany, Sarah, Rachel and Betty

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Tammy: they had a section with some weights so when we had outside time we were able to workout. or they had a law library where you can sign up to go and look up stuff about your case.
Tiffany: Basketball. Speedwalking around the basketball court. Newspaper (1) available to read on the table. Tv. Card games going on. Certain "cool" officers would let inmates sing at night. Let the woman showcase talent singing and us laughing kinda like bonding and momentarily forgetting our soroundings and situation. Read alot. Playing cards was my favorite.
Sarah: A tv and the phones and there was also books. The best way to pass time is to just eat and sleep. The phones there is usually a line for and the shower is very hard to get into and they always have a shower list which no one follows .
Rachel: when i was there,i didnt get to do anything but lay in my bunk and eat left over cookies,there was no t.v,no books,magazines,if there was stuff up there to do it would make the time go by alot faster but nothing was there but a lot of bossy females(not officers)
Betty: there were no facilties or anything to do while i was in there i went upstairs and was in a small area that did not have any books,magazines or anything to do and we were not able to leave the little place that we were in i think the tv came on for about an hr

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Tammy: the tv's were for all of us in the dorm but of course you get the girls that were there and controlled the tv. (I watched whatever they chose)
Tiffany: Certain times to watch tv, get books from the book cart. Also certain days and times for basketball court. The book wagon that comes around is the luck of the draw as far as timing and them having something worth reading to make the day (time) go by. You tend to read whatever you can get your hands on.
Sarah: There is only one TV in the place with about 25 girls and most of the time everyone is sleeping. Jail sucks and sleeping is the best way to kill time. people didnt really argue over the tv that much because if you did the TV got turned off and everyone lost out .
Rachel: i did not see any entertainement,the only thing i saw was a couple pages of the news papers and comics,there was litereally nothing to do,there was a t,v but there was nothing showing on the t,v it just went blank,i jus sat in my bunk i didnt know what to do
Betty: there was no entertainment but the girls and women inside the jail some of them were funny but there was nothing to do up there or anything to read the tv only came on for about an hr and there was one newspapers and pages were missing so i couldnt read it

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Tammy: no cause i would go outside on weekdays for our free time and walk or use some of the weights
Tiffany: Not at all. There is no junk food unless you order it off canteen. And you gain husky solid weight from all the carbs.
Sarah: You get rec once a day if the weather is good and you can always run in place in your room .
Rachel: when i was in jail i was never let outside,but even got out of my floor meaning where all the cells were except to be escorted to court
Betty: i did not have a hard time staying in shape because i was only in there for about a day and a half and if i was in there for a long time the only workout i could do is from my room like sit ups or stuff like that

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?
Tammy: weekdays for an hour a day
Tiffany: No outside. Inside basketball court with open view to outside. For one hour twice a week if i remember correctly. You definatly look forward to outside rec time
Sarah: We went outside once a day if we were lucky and the only thing to do is play basketball and just sit outside and tan from your knees down.
Rachel: i did not get to go outside one time,the only time i went outside was when i was released,there is nothing to do to get exercise in there
Betty: I was not able to go outside because I was not in there long enough to do anything. There was a play area were some of the girl went to

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Tammy: yes, church people would come in to jail a few times a week. We would be out in the hallway and they gave us bibles if we didnt have them. We prayed and sometimes was even offered communion
Tiffany: Yes you were able to attend church services, but only if you were on the list. ( which was made the pevious week)
Sarah: They offer chuch services but I have never gone to any . They dont offer them in the block its in a different location but still at the jail.
Rachel: the jail never offered me church services because i go to church every saturday and nobody told me anything about a church there
Betty: I'm bot sure if the jail offer church services. It there was I'm sure I would have went to church

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