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Interview with Kandra and Paul

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Kandra: I don't know what they have at Atlanta City Jail but at Fulton County, once a month (or whenever the jailers feel like it) there is a basketball and a recreation room. Otherwise there is television and church service. I spent a lot of my time at the medical office. I wish there was other forms of entertainment.
Paul: a very poor library, a law library, tv room and religous freedom you can libraries pretty much when you want to, the tv room is ok as long as you go in when the program you want to watch is popular to the group or most powerful inmate in the block

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Kandra: Again, I do not know about Atlanta City Jail but at Fulton County, for example, yes, competition can be fierce. There are many arguments and near altercations surrounding the television. There was a schedule posted on the wall, devised by inmates, to help other inmates know when they could chose their own channel preferences.
Paul: the tv room was usually controlled by the most aggresive, sports take prioity , a lot of times there are sports event that only appeal to foreigners and that causes a problem when there is a soccer or other sport major event thats not popular in america, the guards have to handle it

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Kandra: Yes. I did have a hard time staying in shape in jail. Not necessarily for Atlanta City Jail as I was only there for 12 hours but those are 12 hours of sitting. We are not permitted to walk around and fraternize.
Paul: no, i did a lot of exercise in the cell, my cellmate was a constant returner, and he just wanted to rest

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?
Kandra: I did not have the opportunity to go outside at Atlanta City Jail. Even when I was at Fulton County Jail there was never a time when we went outside. On the opposite end, when I was in jail in Miami I did have time outside, at least twice a week.
Paul: there was no outside, there was a yard in the middle of the facility, you have a weight area, a walking ring and lifting bars

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Kandra: Yes, jails do offer church services. At Atlanta City Jail I was not there long enough however at Fulton County Jail we could go to services maybe once or twice a month.
Paul: any and every religion is respected and has a room to worship, and they follow the same guidelines as on the streets

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