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Interview with Darrell

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Darrell: There were very few for me as I was issolated. No library, TV, movies, etc. There was the yard (infrequently), and sometimes I could get a newspaper or paperback on the way to the shower or court, but most of the time was spent just looking out the tiny little window hoping to see SOMETHING interesting. I don't think I ever did.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Darrell: No. I had no access to anything. I showered 3 times a week. The shower was not in the cell block so they took me to the nearest one. It was in booking. They would put me in there, with whoever happened to already be there (A drunk, a new inmate, whoever.), then took me back to my cell when I was done.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Darrell: No, there wasn't much to do so I started a little workout routine. Mostly I did pushups, crunches, and walked a tight circle around the cell.

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?
Darrell: If I saw the yard twice a week I was doing good. It mostly depended who was on duty, how busy he was, and if he felt like doing it. The jail rulebook stated "...that all inmates will have access to the yard a minimum of three times a week...", but I sometimes think that some of the guards couldn't count that high. If I did go out, all you could do was walk in circles, stare at the cars in the impound yard, or shoot hoops with thw worlds FLATTEST basketball.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Darrell: They did, but it was never offered to me. I'm not a big church goer, but I would probably would have gone just to get out of the cell for awhile.

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