JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time? JD: Book carts came around several times a week.
Inmates were allowed several books and a copy of
the local newspaper The Athens Banner Herald was
given to each POD daily.
Card games were a common past time.
Televsion was a priviledge and was dependant on
the POD's behavior to staff and other inmates.
Only certain television shows were allowed
including news programs and other informative
JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details. JD: Yes, competition for entertainment consisted of
who would read what sections of the single copy
of the newspaper. The more "aggressive" inmates
would always take the paper first and it would be
passed on in a almost deterministic fashion. The
paper would arrive in the morning after
breakfast, and I would get to read it several
hours later after the majority of the inmates had
read their bit.
JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail? JD: No, Several inmates and I formed a workout group
consisting of pushups and resistance excersizes
using our own or each others body weight. Also
the shower facility offered shower curtain bars
that served as pullup bars for the inmates.
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? JD: One time in 20 days. We were allowed outside for
30 minutes in a completely enclosed area. There
was a basketball goal but we were not given a
ball to play with because the staff said it could
cause a potential fight. So we were only able to
walk in circles around the perimeter of the caged
in area located in the center of the jail
JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held? JD: No, but religious reading material was allowed to
be brought and transfered to inmates by visitors
on a case by case basis, depending on clearance
from jail authorities.