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Interview with Kyle, Alan and Mary

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Kyle: Television, card games, book reading, chess.
Alan: aand cleaned the windowsll you had was rec one a day vfor one holur but if you were a trusstee you can work in the kitchen cooking or bringing the meals to other cells they also moped the floors keep the jail clean inside and out they even mowed the grass
Mary: There as I noticed was not very much to do they had a calendar that was posted but most of the time the people never showed up or there was only room for 5 people from a cell block so it was really hard to get to go they did have tv but very limited channels and just not too much you can buy cards and colored pencils but people like me don't get money

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Kyle: I personally had no problem with competition.
Alan: there is a tv but the rule in our cell was who ever had turned the tv on had controll of it other wise you played cards for candy bars or did alot of drawing reading studying for classes ffor when you got out but mostley reading was a big thing
Mary: No I never paid much attention to the television and the church people that came it was hard to be one of the three or five that got to go so I just stayed back and didn't even want to get involved in the arguments to go I just stayed alone

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Kyle: No I exercised regularly. As far as exercising I did push ups, sit ups as well as using a water bag to lift weights. A water bag is made from a plastic garbage bag filled with water wrapped with a t-shirt. It is heavy and allows us to bulk up. It is also considered contraband.
Alan: no they had rec once a day for one hour you went out into yard and you can walk or run
Mary: I am not a person that is in shape anyways I have a weight problem they did have a rec yard that some would go out but they didn't call rec everyday it was just a couple times a week

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?
Kyle: 4 times a week.
Alan: if you went out it was 1 hour a day if the weather was bad you just stayed in the cell and you can do push ups or sit ups
Mary: We never went out side we just had a cage that was enclosed and had a gate over the top of us and as I said in the above question they only let us go out like 3 times a week because the officers didn't want to take the time to open the doors

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Kyle: There was no church but if you signed up a pastor would come for a one on one visit with you. Also I was given a bible by one of the pastors.
Alan: yes they did they were held in the jail and you went on sunday mourning it was for a hour every sunday
Mary: They did and when the volunteers did show up only 3 to 5 people from each cell block could go and most of the people that has been there a while and had girlfriends in other cell blocks and they went not for religious purposes but conversational purpuses

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