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Interview with Chandra

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Chandra: They had TV and books. If you had commissary you could get paper, colored pencils. If you have no money you get 10 sheets of paper, 2 envelopes and a golf pencil. They offered parenting classes and "Lifestring" classes where you could learn things like anger management, etc.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Chandra: The TV was a flat screen plasma, mounted on the wall. If you were in the pod you could watch TV. The books came through on a cart. You could also swap books with other inmates. If the officer didn't like you they wouldn't let you see the book cart. The TV got controlled by certain parts of the pod based on who is the doing the jobs that day. Only allowed to change the station twice per shift. TV is turned on at 8am and 11pm turned off.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Chandra: Most of the girls did have a hard time staying in shape but I didn't. I can eat like a horse and I don't gain weight. Others did. You eat a lot of carbs.

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?
Chandra: One hour a day, Monday through Friday. Its called recreation. Its a basketball court that isn't a full court size.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Chandra: On Sundays and Wednesdays they offered church services. You couldn't go if you were in Protective Custody.

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